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Allen Porter, president and CEO of Tanknology, foresees
positive market reception for the Simmons ATG system now
that it will be available for installation and service in all areas
of the country. “The Simmons system is an attractive value
proposition for some segments of the UST marketplace,” said
Porter. “And we are pleased to be partnering with Simmons to
provide their customers with installation service.”
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Detroit Diesel sold more than 25,000 engines equipped
with its Blue Tec selective catalytic reduction (SCR)
technology last year.
“We’re proud of our chosen 2010 emissions solution,
and our sales confirm that our customers have accepted
and benefited from this exceptional product,” said Brad
Williamson, director of engine and component marketing at
Daimler Trucks North America.
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The Blue Tec system uses diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to
reduce NOx emissions and meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks.
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As ethanol producers continue lobbying for incentives
to stimulate sales of higher ethanol blends, slow sales of
E85, even in the Midwest, demonstrate a lack of consumer
interest, the Des Moines Register recently reported.
“Even in states where E85 pumps are concentrated, actual
sales of E85 have been stagnant,” said Shane Karr, a lobbyist
for the auto industry.
According to the newspaper, E85 sales fluctuate according
to gasoline and ethanol prices, with E85 sales increasing
only when it is a far less expensive option. “It’s hard to get
any consistency in E85 sales,” said Rick Cummings, vice
president of CHS Inc., which sells E85 through 290 Cenex
dealers in the upper Midwest.
Consumer E85 purchasing data is significant as some
legislators seek to require automakers to increase the
production of flexible-fuel vehicles. Under a bill proposed by
Senator Tom Harkin, 90 percent of all new cars and trucks
would need to be ethanol-equipped by 2016.
But according to Karr, unless motorists “actually use
biofuels in a significant quantity,” mandating ethanol-equipped vehicles could cost consumers money and do little
to reduce oil consumption.
Minnesota has the most E85 stations, at 365, but sales
of the fuel there dropped from 22. 5 million gallons in
2008 to less than 16 million gallons in 2009, as gasoline
prices dropped below that of ethanol. Last year, sales
of E85 in Minnesota rose to 16. 6 million gallons as gas
Iowa has not fared much better. It realized E85 sales of
7. 7 million gallons in 2008 before falling to 5. 9 million in
2009. As gas prices rose last year, E85 sales spiked to just
over 10 million gallons. Considering the state’s 169,000
flexible-fuel vehicles (according to the Iowa Renewable Fuels
Association), the 2010 total averages about 59 E85 gallons
per car or truck.