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CA Questioned After Purchase of Alt.-Fuel Vehicles

August 9, 2007

The state of California is being investigated by lawmakers after a $37 million purchase of E85 cars, which can run on 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, as well as regular gas, according to ABC News10 in Sacramento. The cars were purchased in an attempt to reduce harmful emissions released by vehicles; however the state does not have adequate ethanol pumping stations to fuel the cars, so they have been running solely on regular gasoline.The Federal Energy Policy Act requires that 75 percent of the vehicles that fleet buyers purchase are alternative fuel cars.ABC News10 reports that officials with the Department of General Services say that the state’s purchase of these vehicles provides incentive to install the proper pumping stations in California. The state hopes to have some ethanol pumping stations ready in a few months.
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