WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — The ribbon was cut today on the first flex-fuel pumps (E-85) on I-90 West in Westborough by Massachussets department of transportation CEO Richard Davey.
E-85 is a combination of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, intended for use in flex-fuel engines.
The $600,000 budget for the project was provided through the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program. Another pump was opened on I-90 West in Charlton and funds provide for a total of four E-85 flex-fuel pumps on the interstate, according to a MassDOT press release.
"MassDOT is committed to meeting the needs of its customers. Our residents and visitors are choosing to purchase flex fuel vehicles. By working with our partners at Energy and Environmental Affairs and Gulf Oil, we are able to now offer travelers three fueling locations along the Massachusetts Turnpike and also advance our GreenDOT goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Davey said in the release.
The GreenDot implementation plan was enacted in June 2010. The goal of the plan is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which was mandated by the Global Warming Solutions Act signed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2008.
State Rep. Peter Durant, R-Spencer, said he is pleased E-85 pumps have been brought to Central Mass.
"This represents a major step forward in the efforts to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and to reduce the negative impact that we have on our environment," Durant said in a press release.