The federal government and some Midwestern states are on the road toward buying more ethanol-powered cars, Gov. Ben Nelson said Monday.
At a meeting of the 19-state Governors' Ethanol Coalition, Mr. Nelson said orders for cars that run on mixes of up to 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline might surpass 500 this year.By 1996, Mr. Nelson said, local, state and federal governments are expected to order more than 2,500 of the cars.
Mr. Nelson announced that the federal government had agreed to fund part of a $1.3 million effort to add up to 40 publicly accessible E85-vehicle fueling sites throughout the Midwest.
He said that up to $510,000 will come from several government programs, with the remaining $810,000 coming from private sources.
The effort would recondition fuel-storage tanks or install new ones at filling stations in states with a large number of the ethanol-powered cars.