For decades, Ford has survived and thrived due to the dependability of its vehicles, and that of the company itself. How dependable? Like a rock, some might say. So when Ford makes a promise, as it did back in 2006 when it vowed to double the quantity of flexible-fuel vehicles produced in the U.S. by the end of 2010, you know the company is shooting to follow through.
The announcement that Ford will soon deliver on its promise was made earlier this week by Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. “Flexible-fuel vehicles are capable of running on E-85 (a mixture of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline), gasoline or any mixture of the two fuels,” explains Ford. Cischke stated that flexible-fuel vehicles provide consumers a choice between E-85 and standard gasoline, thereby providing a means of reducing environmental impact and keeping wallets padded.
Getting in on the flexible-fuel action as well is General Motors, who announced an increase in annual production of duel fuel vehicles to more than 850,000, an increase of 55 percent from their 2006 volumes. “GM offers 17 models in its 2010 lineup with flex-fuel capability, allowing them to run on E85 ethanol, gasoline, or any combination of the two,” according to GM. “This is more than any other manufacturer.”
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