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State Promotes 'Corn in the Tank' at Talladega

April 27, 2007

MONTGOMERY, Ala., APRIL 27, 2007 – The State Motor Pool will set up shop at Talladega this weekend to promote the use of E-85, a mostly renewable fuel that can be made from US-grown corn. E85 gains its name from the blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. E85 t-shirts, brochures and other items will be distributed by members of the Alabama Finance Department, the Services Division of the Department and the State Motor Pool. The team will also display GM’s custom-painted Ethanol Truck and one of the 2007 flex-fuel vehicles from the State Motor Pool.

“We believe State government should lead by example and are excited about promoting the benefits of E85 at Talladega this weekend,” stated James Allen Main, State Finance Director.

Construction began the end of January on an E85 tank and dispensing equipment at the state Motor Pool in Montgomery. The 12,000 gallon tank and two pumps will be completed mid-May at the Office of Fleet Management, an extension of the Service Division of the Alabama Department of Finance.

“Talladega is the perfect setting to talk about the benefits of using E85,” said Searcy Rushing, Chief of Services. “We hope visitors to the speedway will stop by to see the flex-fuel vehicles and learn about the importance of alternative fuels.”

In 1998, a federal directive from the Department of Energy required that 75 percent of new acquisitions by state motor pools be flex-fuel. Alabama is one of only a handful of states to comply with this mandate. In fact, Alabama not only met the requirement, but exceeded it. They currently have 132 flex-fuel vehicles that have the capability to burn ethanol. Benefits of the cleaner burning fuel include being less toxic to the environment, are produced from renewable resources, and supports agriculture, as the products required for the fuel can be grown by America’s farmers.

The E85 display, made possible by GM’s ‘Live Green Go Yellow’ Campaign, the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, the Bureau of Tourism and Travel and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA), will be located behind the Alabama Motor Sports Hall of Fame at the Talladega Superspeedway from Friday through Sunday, April 27-29.

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