I-75 Green Corridor Project complete; becomes world’s largest biofuels stretch

Over 106 stations biofuel stations can be found in Ohio, a number of which are a part of the larger I-75 Green Corridor Project – the world’s longest biofuels corridor.

Over 106 stations biofuel stations can be found in Ohio, a number of which are a part of the larger I-75 Green Corridor Project – the world’s longest biofuels corridor. Image courtesy of Clean Fuels Ohio.

Through a six-state partnership, Ohio drivers now have greater access to the biofuels E85 ethanol and biodiesel in a B20 blend. Over 106 stations biofuel stations now can be found in Ohio, a number of which are a part of the larger – and recently completed – I-75 Green Corridor Project.

The week of June 9-13, 2014 marks the completion of the  I-75 Green Corridor Project. In 2009, the multi-state project was started in Knoxville, Tenn. The project’s goal was to allow drivers to travel on any portion of I-75 and be able to make the entire trip running on either biofuel. The project was funded by a grant from the Department of Energy Clean Cities Program.

The project has significantly increased the availability of the biofuels E85 and B20 along the entire length of Interstate 75, which runs from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. at the Canadian border to Miami, Fla. Biofuel stations were created to fill in gaps along the corridor. Stations also were added in metropolitan areas, so that fueling stations could be found no greater than 200 miles apart along the entire length of the interstate.

Thus far, E85 has been installed at 26 fuel stations, and B20 has been installed at nine. These numbers are expected to increase in the coming months with another six stations coming online this summer. The project, now in its final year, has resulted in the 1,786-mile interstate becoming the planet’s longest biofuels corridor.

According to Clean Fuels Ohio, almost all diesel vehicles can run on biodiesel with few if any modifications to the vehicle. “Even in the B20 marketplace, there are a growing number of B20-capable vehicles, from passenger to larger utility vehicles. With exciting developments like the B20 approved Chevrolet Cruze, more consumer-oriented, biodiesel-capable vehicles will surely come to market,” added Clean Fuels Ohio. “More and more OEMs are responding to consumer demand for diesel vehicles, and some of those vehicles are approved for B20 use, such as the diesel 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.”

More information on the I-75 Green Corridor Project can be found by visiting www.CleanFuelsCorridor.com.

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