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  1. Several of the Speedway stations in Michigan have dropped the price to a $1 price spread. Nice! I DID see a station in Ann Arbor, Michigan that did NOT drop the price- it has a .70 cent spread- but that's not half b ad either. Speedway has done this before- right at the end of the year, and I think it has something to do with the Ethanol blend mandates- Speedway is owned by Marathon, and they drop the price in November/December. I think it is in order to meet their ethanol consumption mandate for the Federal Government. If they sell E85, it means they don't have to put as much ethanol in other fuels they sell, and they can sell their E0 "rec gas" without worrying it will put their blend quota in jeopardy. Thank you SPEEDWAY for being a leader in Flex-Fuel. On another note- I just saw the list of GM sedan cars that are Flex-Fuel that I can afford in 2018 model year. The ONLY car that they are making flex-fuel will be the Impala with the V6. NO OTHERS. Bummer!!! I'm driving a 2013 Buick Regal turbo now, and soooo wanted to see a 2018 Buick Regal or small sedan available in flex-fuel.
  2. Just an FYI- I went by the Speedway rebuild at M-59 and US-23 (Southwest corner), Hartland, Michigan. The new islands are in and the pumps arrived last week. There is now an E-85 pump on one island. This is good because there weren't any Speedways selling E-85 close by there. It's not open yet, but based on where they are in the construction I would say they appear to be perhaps 30 to 60 days from reopening. I am looking forward to the new Speedway with E85 at that location
  3. That is very close to me. I will swing by later on and see if I can find out if they are going to add E85 at that location. It is a good location- right off US-23. There used to be a Mobil station next door- that is what they are combining lots with. We shall see what it turns out to be. Speedway (Marathon Oil) has been on the leading edge of adding E85 pumps when they redo stations. I would say it is at least as likely as not to be a flex-fuel station when it reopens. We can hope. JIm
  4. Actually, it was CONGRESS who gave authority to the EPA to set "reasonable rules" to advance the Cean Air Act (CAA), and let the EPA make the rules. Before any rule goes into effect, it is published for public comment, and the public gets an opportunity to raise issues at that point in the process.\ Here is the actual language that Congress put in the Clean Air Act providing for the EPA to issue rules and regulations on air quality: "Congress hereby declares as a national goal the prevention of any future, and the remedying of any existing, impairment of visibility in mandatory class I Federal areas which impairment results from manmade air pollution. Section 169A(a)(4), in part, requires EPA to “promulgate regulations to assure reasonable progress toward meeting the national goal.” The CAA also requires States to submit SIPs containing such emission limits, schedules of compliance, and other measures as may be necessary to make reasonable progress toward meeting the goal." Source: https://www3.epa.gov/ttn/caaa/t1/memoranda/reasonable_progress_guid071307.pdf
  5. Subject RE: 2017 GM Vehicle Guide, and the lack of any flex-fuel sedans is painful. From Chris J Hoolehan <chris.j.hoolehan@gm.com> To pratt1@provide.net <pratt1@provide.net>, Ed J Peper <ed.j.peper@gm.com>, David M. Kanous <david.m.kanous@gm.com>, Kristin M. Koehl <kristin.koehl@gm.com>, Ted Pfister <ted.pfister@gm.com> Cc Ron L. Dixon <ron.l.dixon@gm.com> ate 2016-05-20 15:38 Mr. Pratt - thank you for taking the time to write us, and more importantly, thank you for being a GM customer. We understand that E85 is a priority for customers like yourself and the Federal Government, and we do all we can to meet your requirements. Unfortunately, we need to balance resources to meet the varying demands of the market. You are correct, in that we will not have E85 available in our 2017 Cruze or Malibu. Although it is in a larger vehicle class, we will be offering E85 in our 6 cylinder Impala for 2017. We expect this package to be very attractive to many government agencies, especially at the state and local levels. I will copy Ron Dixon, who administers our sales to the GSA, for his information. Again, we appreciate your input. Sincerely, Christopher J. Hoolehan Director – Fleet & Government Sales GM Fleet and Commercial 100 Renaissance Center Detroit, MI 48265-1000 Cell: 914-523-5583 ----- -----Original Message----- From: pratt1@provide.net [mailto:pratt1@provide.net] Sent: Friday, May 20, 2016 11:47 AM To: Ed J Peper <ed.j.peper@gm.com>; David M. Kanous <david.m.kanous@gm.com>; Chris J Hoolehan <chris.j.hoolehan@gm.com>; Kristin M. Koehl <kristin.koehl@gm.com>; Ted Pfister <ted.pfister@gm.com> Subject: 2017 GM Vehicle Guide, and the lack of any flex-fuel sedans is painful. Dear General Motors: Today I was able to download and look through the new 2017 GM Fleet Guide which is posted on-line at: http://www.gmfleet.com/resources/fleet-guide.html and I have to say I am again very, disappointed. I am a life-long Michigan resident and have always driven GM cars. I am disappointed in the 2017 offerings because there is not a SINGLE 4-cylinder Sedan offered that can use E85 fuel. Again. GM was an industry leader in Flex-Fuel vehicle production for years. I currently personally own a 2012 Malibu (the last year Flexfuel was offered in a Malibu) and will soon buy a 2013 Buick Regal (as that is the last year Buick Regal was flex-fuel). As a federal employee, I AM REQUIRED BY LAW at work to only purchase as use alternative fuel vehicles, as part of the United States Government rules and Executive Orders on the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Our office used to use Flex-Fuel cars – and when GM stopped offering a compact, or medium size vehicle in flex-fuel, we were forced to buy from Chrysler (the 200) or Ford (Escort). We would much rather by ANY compact or midsize GM sedan for our office’s Federal Fleet use, but cannot, because it simply isn’t offered any more. Not as an option, and not as standard equipment. I would ask that you consider building EITHER a Cruze or Malibu with a 4-cylinder flex-fuel option. Any of the 1.4-1.8 liter family engines from the Cruze would be fine, as would be the 4-cylinder option for a Malibu. If you offer it, then we will be able to buy it. As is stands now, the Federal Government fleet users will be shifting to other manufacturers because of the lack of GM small, compact or midsize Sedans in flex-fuel. I am one of the people who will not buy gasoline if it is possible to run on something else. I am a retired U.S. Army officer and energy independence is very important to me. I use ONLY E85 when it is available, and now have been using E85 almost exclusively for the last few years. Without a GM small or midsize sedan offering E85 capability, I cannot buy a new GM car. And neither will my employer, the Federal Government. I don't know how much of your sales is to Federal agencies, but the lack of Flex-Fuel capability, even if it were a low-cost option (under $500) would help GM sell more cars. I look forward to being able to buy a flex-fuel 4-cylinder Sedan someday from GM. Sincerely, Jim Pratt Howell, MI Life-long Gm customer.
  6. Well that sucks. Again. Not a single 4-cylinder E85 compatible sedan. And only the Impala V6 as an E85 V6 car. Bummer.
  7. About damn time. I sent a note to gasbuddy SIX OR SEVEN YEARS AGO asking for this function.
  8. If anyone knows where I can find someone fluent in "HP Tuner Software" in Michigan, I will gladly pay to change a 1.4 liter GM engine to "enabled".
  9. So- again, this is the new "Michigan" page. 1. I still do not see any way of reporting a price on this page. 2. I still do not see any way to get to or from the FORUMS on this page. Now, I have been a 4-year user of the old page, but somehow it just isn't working for me. None of the options on the top row is "submit price", and none of them are "forum", so I don't know what to do from this page. I will try exploring some more- but I am just saying it's not user friendly for me.
  10. Note- I was unable to attach the jpg file to that last note. I used to be able to add photos to an archive, and/or attach photos here. Now it looks like my only option to insert a graphic is to go upload the graphic to photobucket, and then link it that way. Here is that main map, which has no place to put in prices, and no way to link to the forum that I can find. (Map page inserted by photobucket).
  11. OK- A couple quick points; So- this is what I see from my main page in Google Chrome. 1. I want to submit a price. But I see no button to submit a price. How do I do it from here?? 2. I want to click over from this page to the forum. Previously, there was a link up top to connect the map page directly to the forum. I see no link now. How do I get to the forum from this page? ( I tried to attach the jpg file and it does not post. Not sure why not).
  12. I have no idea what you thought you were doing when you just destroyed the website. No, I cannot easily report prices any more. And it took me 20 minutes to try to navigate from the prices page, to this forum to be able to give feed back. Why did you destroy everything? Seriously?
  13. As of this morning, Ethanol Futures in Chicago have dropped to $1.50 a gallon. RIN's last traded at .47 cents- down from 70 cents last week on the news of the lower Renewable Fuel Standard requirements from EPA published on Friday. Better fill up the tank today, while you can, as it is possible the price of E85 at the pump may be creeping up this week as a result of the RIN's fall.
  14. Yesterday, E=85 Flexfuel capability was showing as a $100 option on Silverado here on the GM Family First employee purchase website.: https://www.gmfamilyfirst.com/ip-vpp/gm-showroom?site=emp-build This morning, Flexfuel is showing STANDARD on the V6, and a FREE OPTION on the 5.3 Liter V-8. The $100 surcharge disappeared overnight. Interesting.
  15. I found my first station removal in a long time yesterday- one in Canton, michigan that always had a poor price spread. I hadn't gone by in since last December- but yesterday I tried to stop in for fuel, and found that the E85 was gone, replaced by diesel. Oh well. Michigan is doing pretty well overall. It's to the point now where I can just about always find a station within 10 miles of anywhere I have to go. Hope the East Coast gets some more stations soon. New England is especially sparse.
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