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GM Provides E85-Capable Chevrolet Avalanche for Use in Arizona

Partnership with the Tucson Regional Clean Cities Coalition Promotes Ethanol as Alternative, Renewable Fuel

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Chevrolet Avalanche

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - General Motors provided an E85-capable Chevrolet Avalanche to the Tucson Regional Clean Cities Coalition for use in Arizona as part of a campaign to promote ethanol and E85-capable vehicles in the state. The presentation was made at the 11th National Clean Cities Conference and Expo in Palm Springs.

Ethanol has been gaining interest in Arizona over the past few years with Tucson becoming home to the state's first ethanol fueling station last year. Colleen Crowinshield accepted the vehicle on behalf of the Tucson Regional Clean Cities Coalition, an element of Pima Association of Governments. Recognized for her support of alternative fuels, Crowinshield was also awarded "Coordinator of the Year" at this year's Clean Cities conference.


"We're proud that our efforts to promote the use of alternative fuels in Tucson have been recognized and we will continue to work with local business and government to establish the foundations needed for a viable alternative fuels market," said Crowinshield. "We appreciate GM's support of cleaner-burning alternative fuels like ethanol and we are excited to work with GM to further promote the benefits of using E85, which helps reduce tailpipe and greenhouse gas emissions while supporting the nation's economy."

The Tucson Regional Clean Cities Coalition will showcase the E85-capable Chevrolet Avalanche in various ways and events throughout the year in an effort to promote the increased use of E85 in the state.

The announcement is part of an ongoing campaign by GM and the Governors' Ethanol Coalition (GEC), a bipartisan group of governors devoted to the promotion and increased use of ethanol. This collaborative effort is designed to increase awareness of flexible fuel vehicles and ethanol as an alternative transportation fuel that is able to meet the demands of today's drivers.

GM is currently the largest producer of E85 flexible fuel vehicles in the United States, with over 1.1 million vehicles on the road and with vehicles available for sale in all 50 states. GM approved the use of 10 percent ethanol blended gasoline in all GM products more than 20 years ago, and produces almost five million E10 capable vehicles annually.

"We are delighted to work with the Tucson Regional Clean Cities Coalition on this important campaign and we commend Colleen and her colleagues on their continued support of alternative fuels," said Connie Scarpelli, marketing manager for GM Alternative Fuels. "No manufacturer has done more to promote the use of ethanol than GM and today's announcement is the latest demonstration of our commitment to extend GM's leadership in manufacturing ethanol-capable vehicles. GM will continue to work with organizations like Clean Cities today and tomorrow, to promote the use of E85 and the many available benefits for the environment, the economy and consumers."

In addition to Arizona, GM has provided E85-capable vehicles for use in Kansas, Minnesota, Illinois, South Dakota, Wyoming and Iowa. GM will also provide vehicles to the following states: Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

Ethanol delivers similar performance as regular gasoline and is a renewable, domestically produced fuel that reduces sulfur and aromatic hydrocarbons for improved exhaust emissions performance. E85, a blend of 85 percent ethyl alcohol and 15 percent gasoline, is produced from the starch in agricultural products, primarily domestically produced corn. Growing corn actually removes CO2 from the atmosphere so that the total effect of using ethanol made from corn is a significant reduction in greenhouse emissions when compared to the use of petroleum-based fuels.

GM has joined a growing partnership of states and organizations that support the increased use of ethanol that includes the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Corn Growers Association and the Clean Fuels Development Coalition.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Clean Cities program is a voluntary, locally based government/industry partnership to mobilize local stakeholders in the effort to: expand the use of alternatives to gasoline and diesel fuel, accelerate the deployment of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs), and build a local AFV refueling infrastructure.

(May 3, 2005)

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