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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- H-E-B, a food retailer with more than 300 stores, selected Gilbarco Veeder-Root's Encore-S dispenser line for its five new E85 fueling locations and all future E85 sites along the I-35 corridor in Texas. H-E-B became the first retailer in Texas to offer E85, an environmentally friendly alternative fuel, in Central and South Texas.
"Through the addition of E85, we are excited to offer an alternative to foreign oil, particularly an alternative that is less expensive and cleaner-burning than traditional gasoline," said George Presses, H-E-B's director of petroleum. "By using the Encore-S dispensers, we can provide this fuel to our customers on a dispenser with a large branding area that makes it very easy to highlight the E85 offering."
While E85 is gaining increased national acceptance, Gilbarco Veeder-Root has been supplying alternative fuel dispensers for 15 years, in partnership with Clean Fuels USA, the company reported. Gilbarco Veeder-Root will now offer a wide range of flexible fuel dispensers for E85, biodiesel, liquid propane gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) from their facility in North Carolina.
Gilbarco Veeder-Root designed the Encore-S with advanced features that exceed draft specifications for alternative fuels, including special material for fuel meters, internal piping and compression fittings, the company reported. In addition, the control valves are built with ethanol-compatible seals, to ensure reliable operation over time. Additionally, the Encore-S can pump up to five fuel grades, allowing retailers to offer E85, biodiesel and three standard grades of gasoline from one fueling position.
"It's long been important to us to provide the technology that allows our customers to demonstrate their strong commitment to the environment. That's why we're so excited that the Encore-S dispenser is center stage in H-E-B's rollout of E85 throughout Texas," said Richard Browne, vice president of marketing for service station equipment at Gilbarco Veeder-Root.
There are currently over 450,000 flexible fuel vehicles on the road in Texas today, providing a strong market for H-E-B. Their five existing E85 locations are in Austin, Buda, Killeen, San Antonio and Waco.