SOURCE: Propel Fuels
January 17, 2011 02:22 ET
Propel Fuels Hosts First Stop of EcoTrek's "Best of America Tour"
Powered by Cellulosic Ethanol From POET, Event Focused on Raising Awareness of Next-Gen Fuels
OAKLAND, CA--(Marketwire - January 17, 2011) - Propel Fuels (www.propelfuels.com), a leading retailer of clean, renewable fuels, announced today it is hosting the first stop on EcoTrek's "Best of America Tour," a national campaign aimed at increasing the awareness of the economic, environmental, and national security benefits of domestically grown, renewable fuels. EcoTrek (www.ecotrek.com) will drive an American-made Flex Fuel vehicle, powered with cellulosic ethanol provided by POET (www.poet.com) on a 10,000-mile trip to locations and events across the country.
Tom Holm from EcoTrek will showcase the expedition vehicle and advanced fuel at 11:00 a.m. at the Propel Fuels location at 350 Grand Ave in Oakland. In addition to interviews about the fuel, media can learn more about the sustainable materials used to create other components of the vehicle.
"Propel, EcoTrek, and POET each represent critical pieces to reducing our dependence on petroleum; widespread consumer access, advanced vehicle technologies, and the next generation of renewable fuels," said Matt Horton, CEO of Propel Fuels. "Today we're getting a preview of ultra-low carbon fuels from non-food sources, representing the next level of sustainability for fuels that can run in our vehicles today."
Propel currently operates Clean Fuel Points (green-built, self-serve filling stations) throughout Northern California, with more than 75 additional sites planned in their existing markets of the Bay Area and Sacramento, as well as new markets later this year. More information on Propel Fuels, as well as current and future station locations, can be found at www.propelfuels.com.
"We're taking an American-made pickup truck, outfitting it with American-made accessories and powering it with American-made advanced cellulosic fuels in order to emphasize our ability to be gentler to the environment, while bolstering American's economy, national security, and independence from foreign oil," said Holm.
POET's cellulosic ethanol is made from corn cobs and light stover (leaves, husk, some stalk) at a plant in Scotland, S.D. The pilot plant has produced cellulosic ethanol for more than two years and tests equipment for commercial use at Project LIBERTY, POET's planned 25 million-gallon-per-year cellulosic ethanol plant, which will be built in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
Propel builds, owns and operates a network of Clean Fuel Points -- green-built, self-serve filling stations providing convenient access to clean, American, renewable fuels. The company offers drivers and fleets a cleaner fuel choice that reduces carbon emissions, creates jobs and lowers America's dependency on foreign oil. Propel has also developed CleanDrive™, the nation's first integrated carbon emission reduction tracking platform. Propel operates a growing network of Clean Fuel Points in Washington State and California. More information is available at www.propelfuels.com.