DETROIT – General Motors will offer 18 flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) in model-year 2009. The number of E-85 compatible vehicle models available in 2009 is a sharp increase from the past following the group's commitment to making their line at least half E-85 compatible by 2012.
"We continue to believe that biofuels, specifically E-85, is the most significant thing we can do in the near-term to offset future energy demands," said Beth Lowery, GM vice president of Environment, Energy, and Safety Policy. "We are on target to make 50 percent of our vehicles flex-fuel capable by 2012 providing the infrastructure is in place."
The models cover the gamut from the four-cylinder Chevrolet HHR small crossover to the full-size Cadillac Escalade ESV luxury utility.
Infrastructure includes both the availability of the E-85 fuel and stations where it is sold. Currently, there are more than 1,600 E-85 stations throughout the United States. A complete listing of E-85 facilities is available at www.E85Refueling.com.
GM cars and trucks account for 3 million of the 7 million flex-fuel vehicles on U.S. roadways, and the company produced more than 1 million flex-fuel models in North America and Brazil last year.
Below is the listing of 2009 models GM offers that include flex-fuel capability at no additional charge to the customer:
Chevrolet: Avalanche, Express, HHR, HHR Panel, Impala, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe.
GMC: Savana, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL.
Cadillac: Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT.
Hummer: H2, H2 SUT.
For a listing of all flexible-fuel vehicle models by year and manufacturer, to go www.E85Fuel.com.
Originally posted on Green Fleet Magazine