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E-85 pump incentives not luring retailers

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new state incentives to help install pumps that offer motorists fuel blended with 85 percent ethanol -- a product they say is a slow seller due to a low number of flex-fuel vehicles.

 

Iowa Economic Development Board members were told today that 24 grants totaling about $650,000 have been awarded so far under a $13 million program that provides state matching funds for deploying pumps to dispense E-85 or bio-diesel fuels. The incentive program was designed to help the state eventually meet a statewide renewable fuel standard.

 

Dawn Carlson of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa said there is reluctance to make a commitment of capital and space for the specialized pumps right now because of low and miscalculated demand factors.

 

"This legislation that was enacted this year was based on some false facts. There are not 100,000 flex-fuel vehicles in the state of Iowa, there are only 55,000 flex-fuel vehicles. So we've got a lot of growing to do yet before that demand for E-85 increases," she said.

 

http://gazetteonline.com/2006/12/21/Home/News/e85incentives.htm

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The NEVC needs to get off their buts and quit promoting on New Cars (Flex Fuel) and ADMIT that people can and SHOULD convert existing vehicles.. to damn much politics between NEVC and the Auto manufacters IMO

 

At every opportunity they slam everyone converting ..

 

 

I also think it's time to remove incentives to GM, Ford etc for the so called flex fuel vehicles that are not optimised to run on E85 instead of Unleaded ..

 

Create new incentives for the auto manufactures to create engines / convert engines that are optimised for ethanol ..  If Ford , GM had vehicles that ran on E85 better than unleaded , that had at least as good as mpg they wouldnt have any trouble at all selling them ..

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I've said it many times----blender pumps!!!!!!!

 

Blender pumps help delivering the product and would make it easier on retailers...but they still need to make new cars coming off the line optimised for running on E85 and the NEVC also needs to stop promoting only new vehicles and admit ..yes you can convert damn near any vehicle AND WE SUPPORT that they support that effort ...

 

Blender pumps is definetly the solution at the retail level ..would sure take the guess work out at the retail level (how much product they could sell)

 

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