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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: Nov. 24, 2008


Goodyear goes green with grant for flex-fuel equipment


GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Nov. 24, 2008) – The City of Goodyear will use a $91,000 grant to buy a special pump and storage tank to use for filling its flex-fuel vehicles with E85, a cleaner-burning ethanol-gasoline fuel mix.

The grant was received recently from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Under an agreement with the state of Arizona, the tribe can award grants from its casino revenues to cities.

The grant will enable Goodyear to take the final step needed for its fleet to “go green.” For the past four years, Goodyear has been buying flex-fuel vehicles whenever possible, but the city has not had a way to fuel them. Valley-wide, there are only three E85 filling stations – in Scottsdale, Mesa and downtown Phoenix.

Goodyear has more than 360 vehicles, and about 100 of them can run on either E85 or unleaded gas. E85 is 85 percent corn-based ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline. The E85 blend is less expensive than unleaded gas, but mileage tends to be slightly lower.

A date has not yet been set for installing the new E85 equipment at one of Goodyear’s three city fueling facilities.

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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749