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Pearson to Expand California E85

January 16, 2013 in Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$1.35 Million to Bring Flex-Fuel Ethanol to 19 Cities,
Separately, a Biodiesel Blending Terminal Is Planned 

San Diego’s Pearson Fuels, is to receive $1.35 million from the California Energy Commission for the installation of E85-ethanol dispensing dispensing equipment at 19 existing fueling stations throughout California.

Pearson Fuels is making ethanol-E85 available at a range of California gasoline outlets.

Pearson’s business strategy is to help existing gasoline fueling station operators add E85 to their product mix. “We don’t rent space,” says GM Mike Lewis. Pearson targets namebrand outlets, he says, including Arco, Chevron, Shell and 76.

The cites are Atascadero, Encinitas, Escondido, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Glendora, La Mesa, Los Gatos, Lost Hills, Mountain View, Pacific Palisades, Paso Robles, Patterson, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, South Lake Tahoe, Southgate, and Watsonville.

GM launched the ethanol/E85-capable first flex-fuel Buick in 2009.

CEC expects the E85 vehicle fuel market in California eventually to be the largest in the United States, with approximately 55,000 new flex-fuel vehicles purchased in the state each year.

Biodiesel for Sacramento Area

Flex-fuel vehicles, the agency notes, can run on E85-ethanol or conventional gasoline.

In addition to establishing the 19 new E85 outlets, Pearson is to collect data on E85 fuel station operations.

Beyond E85, Pearson will reveal details of a major California biodiesel initiative in the coming months. “We are looking forward to the opening of the new McClellan biodiesel blending terminal this spring,” Lewis told F&F.

“It will be unique in California and make various biodiesel blends much more available throughout the entire Sacramento area,” he says.

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Source: CEC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up


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