Omaha, NE (June 15, 2006 – AgNewsWire) – Ethanol is fueling the 50th anniversary celebration of the U.S. interstate highway system June 16 -29 when the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) will sponsor a cross-country convoy from San Francisco to Washington D.C.
All cars in the convoy will use E10, a blend of 90 percent unleaded gasoline enriched with 10 percent ethanol, wherever available along the route, compliments of the ethanol industry. In addition, the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC), is sponsoring an ethanol-wrapped vehicle to represent the industry throughout the route, which will be driven by Chuck Zimmerman, an ethanol advocate and publisher of DomesticFuel.com. Zimmerman will also be blogging the trip on domesticfuel.com and EPIC’s website, DrivingEthanol.org.
The 3,000-plus mile journey will begin June 16 in San Francisco, Calif., with a send-off party near the Golden Gate Bridge. The convey will travel from California on Interstate 80 through Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland, ending June 29 at the Zero Mile Marker in Washington, D.C., near Ellipse Park at the Capitol. Complete information about the route and stops along the way can be found at www.transporation.org.
EPIC is inviting corn grower and ethanol industry organizations, farmers and other supporters to join the convoy in their home states to help celebrate the anniversary of the highway system and the future of American-made ethanol fuel for the transportation needs of our nation. Supporters can follow the convoy for a stretch in their areas, cheer it on with signs at certain points, or attend scheduled media events.