New Flex Fuel option in Lincoln

17382117731_4e81a8bcbf_oLINCOLN, NE – Shoemaker’s South fueling station (Highway 77 & Saltillo Road) in southwest Lincoln kicks off summer driving season by offering a new flex fuel option for drivers, E85—a blend of 85 percent American Ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

Shoemaker’s adds to the more than 85 locations in Nebraska with E85/flex fuel pumps that offer American Ethanol-blended fuels for flex fuel vehicles. These flex fuel pumps were paid for in part by a grant provided by the Nebraska Corn Board. Over the last two years, Nebraska Corn Board, in cooperation with the Nebraska Ethanol Board, has helped the state more than double the number of locations that offer E85 and other American Ethanol-blended fuels, such as E10, E15 and E30.

“We have been working hard to get flex fuel pumps located across Nebraska,” said David Bruntz, farmer from Friend, Nebraska and director on the Nebraska Corn Board. “Lincoln has so many flex fuel vehicles and it’s exciting to see flex fuel pumps go into this popular Lincoln location.”

Currently, one in seven Lincoln motorists drives a flex fuel vehicle, which can run on any blend of American Ethanol and gasoline, up to E85. To confirm your vehicle is flex fuel, look for a yellow gas cap, flex fuel emblem or check your owner’s manual.

When flex fuel drivers fill up on E85 and other American Ethanol-blended fuels, they’re improving air quality and reducing the causes of asthma, heart disease and lung cancer not only for themselves but also their children and grandchildren. E85 is approved as a Clean Air Choice® and when flex fuel drivers fill up with E85 rather than gasoline; they are significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions that enter our air, according to the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest.

The American Ethanol brand was created by a partnership between the National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy and was originally introduced four years ago when NASCAR adopted E15 (15 percent ethanol) in its racing fuel. Starting this May, the American Ethanol brand will appear on American Ethanol-blended fuel pumps at retail locations across Nebraska.

“Consumers like to have a choice when they are making a purchasing decision at the pump. The decision to open flex fuel pumps at the Highway 77 and Saltillo Road location was based on an on-going demand we were seeing from our customers,” said Dave Shoemaker, owner of Shoemaker’s convenience stores in Lincoln, Nebraska. “E85 not only provides more options for our customers at the pump, but it’s also a fuel choice that is both good for the environment and consumer health.”

Grand opening details for the flex fuel pumps at Shoemaker’s South Highway 77 & Saltillo Road location will be available at a later date.

To find a list of retailers that offer E85 and other mid-level ethanol blends, visit the Nebraska Corn Board website at www.NebraskaCorn.org or the Nebraska Ethanol Board website at www.ethanol.nebraska.gov.

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