GM Continues Search for Alternative Fuel

by : Iver Penn

After months of continuous price hike, it dropped by about a dime but despite the decline it remains high for what people thinks is affordable for them. There are already alternative fuel discovered that may be used instead of the regular gas unfortunately most are not readily available to everyone and that includes the popular ethanol. And just recently representatives from General Motors together with the US Bio Energy say that they are doing their best to change that.

The main objective is to produce ethanol from a variety of sources such as corn, prairie grass, corn stalks and even lawn clippings. The main goal is to produce enough supply of ethanol so that it can be readily available to consumers.

According to Jim Zook, General Manager of US Bio Energy in Woodbury, "It is a viable option out there and it continues to make a steady pace as an alternative fuel source." Zook together representatives from General Motors were gathered at the ethanol plant to discuss just what the American Auto companies are doing to help in reducing the nation's dependency on foreign oil. General Motors has been building flex fuel vehicles way back the year 2000.

The Director of Environment, Energy & Safety Policy for General Motors said, "We have 2 million owners that own FFV vehicles---14 models. We're growing. We have to grow with the ethanol industry."

The said plant clearly shows the suppliers are really trying to keep up with the demands. Dr. Bruce dale who is a chemical engineering professor at Michigan State University and who has been conducting 30 years of research on the ethanol said, "What we're learning how to do, is take that cheap material and convert it into ethanol. It is going to happen."

There was one question that was raised by the media and it's with regards to the effect that ethanol fueled vehicles will have on the environment. This was answered by Dale. He said ethanol fueled vehicles reduce greenhouse gases and further explained, "The Carbon or the co2 in corn or grass came out of the atmosphere in the first place. The process of photosynthesis put that in the plant, now we're making ethanol with it. We're going to burn it, the co2 goes back up in the atmosphere and it is recycled."

General Motors one of world's largest automakers and renowned producer of high quality said that way back in the year 2005 they have been creating partnerships with companies like Meijer and Kroger to produce more ethanol pumps. And they said that they will continue to do so to help preserve the environment.