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ST. LOUIS – VeraSun Energy Corp. in a partnership with Ford Motor Co. opened an Ethanol Corridor from Chicago to St. Louis that allows owners of Ford's flexible fuel vehicles (FFV) to fill up with E85 along Interstate 55.
Fourteen retail locations provide VE85, VeraSun's branded ethanol-based fuel, along the highway. The corridor is one more step for both companies' goal to increase E85 offerings and awareness in the U.S.
"While it is important to expand the availability of E85, it is equally important to raise consumer awareness regarding FFV ownership and E85 use," said VeraSun chairman and CEO Don Endres, in a written statement.
"We believe this corridor serves as one example of how both objectives can be achieved when the automotive and ethanol industries work together," he said.
VeraSun's branded E85 is offered at more than 70 locations throughout the Midwest.
Ford currently produces four FFV models that can run on E85 or gasoline, and plans to produce 250,000 FFV this year.
VeraSun has two ethanol production facilites in South Dakota and Iowa, and three more being completed in the Midwest. Once completed, VeraSun estimates it can produce 560 million gallons of ethanol per year.