Legislation offers incentives to
convert gas pumps
Washington— Ford Motor Company vice president
for environmental and safety engineering, Sue Cischke, joined
members of Congress to promote bipartisan legislation that would
offer a reimbursement of up to $30,000 to gas station owners
who convert their pumps to renewable fuels.
The Alternative Energy Refueling System Act
of 2006 (S. 2614) would provide incentives for gas station owners
across the country to convert their pumps, giving consumers
greater opportunities to opt for cleaner, renewable fuels such
as those containing ethanol, compressed natural gas or bio-diesel.
Cischke displayed an F-150 ethanol-capable
truck, which can run on gasoline or E85 ethanol. Currently,
only about 600 of the 170,000 retail gas stations in the country
carry E85 ethanol.
“We need about 30 times the 600 E85
ethanol pumps available today," said Cischke, pointing
out that Ford will have put 2 million ethanol-capable, or flex-fuel,
vehicles on the road by the end of 2006.
Cischke also reiterated Ford’s commitment
to produce 250,000 hybrids by 2010. Half of all Ford, Lincoln
and Mercury models will offer hybrids.