Issue: Jun 2006


Automakers Rapidly Expanding Energy Partnerships



by Rob White

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers today announced that its member companies are involved in more than 25 distinctive partnership programs with fuel providers to expand the alternative fueling infrastructure, conduct research and development, and to get more alternative fueling pumps installed across the country.

"Achieving our national goal of energy security requires multiple partnerships with fuel providers, and automakers are proud of how quickly we are making progress on this front," said Alliance President & CEO Fred Webber. "Automakers are an integral part of our energy security solution, and we are pleased that so many fuel providers are joining us to work harmoniously toward this objective."

Some of the key automaker-fuel provider partnerships include:

BMW Group is working with Air Products and the University of California- Irvine to build a liquid hydrogen station on the UCI campus.

Ford is working with VeraSun Energy to develop a Midwest Ethanol Corridor, and the first phase will convert about 40 gas pumps in Illinois and Missouri to E-85.

DaimlerChrysler is working with Peter Cremer North America, a major producer of biodiesel, to enhance public awareness of biodiesel.

General Motors is working with Meijer and CleanFUEL USA in Michigan to add approximately 20 new E-85 fueling sites in the state.

Toyota is working with ExxonMobil on advanced fuels, combustion research and future energy demand, and with Shell and Air Products on hydrogen infrastructure development.

Volkswagen, Shell and Iogen Corporation are conducting a joint study to assess the economic feasibility of producing ethanol from materials such as straw.

For more information on automaker-fuel provider partnerships, visit www.DiscoverAlternatives.com.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is a trade association of nine car and light truck manufacturers including BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota and Volkswagen.

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