Tuesday, August 07, 2007

State Patrol Rolls Out First Flex-Fuel Vehicles

State Troopers are now patrolling Iowa's highways in flex-fuel vehicles.
In a press conference Tuesday, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver announced that the Iowa State Patrol has received its first order of 10 E-85-compatible patrol cars.
The vehicles are built specifically to be able to burn an 85-percent ethanol fuel blend.
Culver said the state patrol has another 119 flex-fuel patrol cars on order, and from this year forward all of the cruisers purchased by the state patrol will be E-85 compatible.
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver speaks at a press conference Tuesday at the state capitol to announce the new flex-fuel vehicles purchased by the Iowa State Patrol. Pictured are, from left, Iowa State Patrol Col. Robert Garrison, Culver, Iowa Corn Growers Association CEO Craig Floss and Iowa Commissioner of Public Safety Gene Meyer.
"We are the nation's biofuels production leader, and now we must be the leader in biofuels use as well," said Culver. "And that work begins here in state government. There is no more visible or widely-known symbol of state government in our communities and on our highways than an Iowa State Patrol car."
Culver said that in three years, the entire state patrol fleet will consist of flex-fuel patrol cruisers.
Two months ago, Culver signed an executive order stating that 60 percent of the entire state government fleet would be flex-fuel vehicles by 2009.