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Published September 21, 2011, 02:11 PM

ND grant to coax motorists to use more ethanol

BISMARCK, N.D. — A state Commerce Department official says many North Dakotans who drive so-called “flex-fuel” vehicles don't even know it.

BISMARCK, N.D. — A state Commerce Department official says many North Dakotans who drive so-called “flex-fuel” vehicles don't even know it.

They're among the people who are the intended targets of a proposed marketing campaign to increase ethanol sales.

North Dakota's Industrial Commission has approved a $200,000 grant for the project.

Renewable energy program manager Andrea Pfennig says the campaign will be aimed at getting flex-fuel vehicle owners to use more ethanol in their gasoline.

Flex-fuel vehicles can burn ethanol blends of up to 85 percent. The ethanol blend at most North Dakota pumps is 10 percent.

But some stations now have “blender pumps” that allow motorists to use more ethanol. Pfennig says the goal is to get flex-fuel vehicle drivers to use 30 percent ethanol blends or more.

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