LANSING — From the northern tip of Michigan to the southern slope of Florida, drivers of flex-fuel vehicles can cruise I-75 and no long worry about where to find the next refueling station. States along the north-south interstate are in the final stages of building one of the world’s longest biofuel stations corridors. The 1,786-mile route passes through Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida.
Five years in the making, the I-75 Green Corridor Project significantly increases the availability of biofuels E85 and B20, and offers a practical path along the historic stretch of interstate highway for alternative vehicle owners, who, until recently, did not have as many refueling options.
In recent years, biofuel stations have been added in metro areas and along the highway corridor with stations located no more than 200 miles apart. There are 12 biofuel stations along I-75 in Michigan.
The initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Michigan Energy Office, along with General Motors, helped form the I-75 partnership with the Clean Cities coalitions in the five states.
Biofuels are composed of or produced from biological raw materials (such as corn or soybeans). There are 26 E85 (a fuel with 85 percent ethanol) stations, and nine B20 (a biodiesel blend) stations along the I-75 corridor with another nine to be installed this summer.
More information may be found at CleanFuelsCorridor.com.