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NEW YORK -- BP's Amoco Ultimate premium gasoline with reduced-sulfur content is now available in New York City, which, according to the company, will be like the environmental equivalent of removing 51,000 cars off of the region's roads every day on average year round.
"We voluntarily took this action to help meet today's environmental challenges," said Jim Iacoponi, regional vice president, retail operations at BP. "The low-sulfur premium is a positive step that we can take today to improve environmental quality."
The company began offering the new gasoline in 1999, and is now offering an average of 30 parts per million (ppm) sulfur of Amoco Ultimate in almost 50 cities throughout the United States.
The low-sulfur gasoline translates into reduced emissions and cleaner air, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has mandated a low sulfur level of 30 ppm in all grades of gasoline by 2006, the company reported.
The sulfur content in Amoco Ultimate is at least 80 percent lower than the average sulfur concentration in year 2000 reformulated gasoline, and is also lower than the EPA's mandate by 2006, according to the company.