WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement today welcoming Flex Fuel U.S. to the North Iowa Area Community College Campus. The Chicago-based company was formed in 2006 to develop the first EPA-certified product enabling existing cars and light duty trucks to be converted to run any combination of gasoline or E85. Last year, Harkin introduced the bipartisan Consumer Fuels and Vehicle Choice Act to expand the number of flex-fuel (FFV) vehicles on the road. The bill calls for 50 percent of all light-duty vehicles manufactured for sale in the United States to be dual fuel automobiles by 2011. It increases that to 90 percent of all light-duty vehicles manufactured for U.S. sales by 2013.
“I welcome Flex Fuel U.S. to Iowa and congratulate North Iowa Area Community College on being the newest location for this company to call home. I also congratulate the North Iowa Business Incubator and the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation on their successful efforts to bring Flex Fuel U.S. to North Iowa.
“Alternative fuels and the vehicles that can use them are essential to our nation’s strategy to reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. We have made very significant progress with our rapid increase in ethanol production, from less than two billion gallons per year a decade ago to well over 10 billion gallons per year today. But we must continue that strong trend of increasing alternative fuel production and we need to expand the number of on-road vehicles that use higher blends of ethanol. Companies like Flex Fuel U.S. are on the forefront of this effort and I am pleased that they have chosen Iowa as the home for their corporate expansion.”
Originally published at harkin.senate.gov