Classic Ethanol Powered Cadillac in Memorial Day Parade to Begin the National Ethanol Journey from the Capitol

Washington, D.C. June 1, 2005: Ethanol Across America, Sirius Satellite Radio, and the Clean Fuels Development Coalition are sponsoring a dramatic demonstration of the increase in E-85 refueling stations in the United States.

A classic 1957 Cadillac El Dorado convertible that has been converted to operate on 85% ethanol is traveling from Washington, DC to San Diego, California operating the entire way on E85, a blend of 85% renewable ethanol and 15% gasoline. It will be the first time a trip from coast to coast has been made completely on E85 ethanol. The trip will begin in Washington, DC as the car will be in the Memorial Day Parade in the Nation's Capital.

The "Coast to Coast on Ethanol" journey was conceived by Dr. Christopher W. Lapp, a Washington, DC area energy consultant who has a background in nuclear science and environmental ecology. Dr. Lapp has spent most of his career with nuclear power and environmental issues before recently focusing on transportation fuels like renewable ethanol.

"This trip will be the first time anyone has been able to go from coast to coast on E85. The purpose is to demonstrate that we have alternatives to petroleum, and that we are making progress. This is a trip that would have been impossible just two years ago but today represents the progress that has been made in developing the refueling infrastructure," said Lapp."We want energy independence and clean air, whether it is from our stationary power plants or our transportation fuels. Ethanol gives us that opportunity. "

The "Coast to Coast on Ethanol" journey got off to a flying start Monday as the E-85 powered Cadillac convertible was one of the lead cars in the national parade honoring service men and women in the U.S. armed forces.

After driving Ms. District of Columbia in the parade, the Ethanol car was given a send off by Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams. Dr. Lapp will be crossing the U.S. over the next week via a southern route planned by the location of refueling stations. The return trip later this summer will be a northern route.

The Clean Fuels Development Coalition is supplying fuel and logistical support for the trip, and Sirius Satellite Radio, the new home of the Ethanol Minute radio show, is sponsoring the project as well.

Director of the Ethanol Across America campaign Douglas Durante said, "Dr. Lapp's journey represents everything we are trying to do in terms of spreading the word across America. There are no limitations to where we can make ethanol, and there are no limitations as to how we can use ethanol."

There are more than 4 million flexible fuel vehicles in the U.S. today capable of operating on E85. Refueling facilities, many of which are in service at conventional gasoline stations, have increased by over 400% in the last three years alone. General Motors recently announced that they are expanding their product line of ethanol capable vehicles to include a wider range of SUVs sedans, and other products.

Planned stops across the country include West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Literature and promotional items will be given out in an effort to increase overall public awareness.


Ethanol Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan education campaign of the Clean Fuels Foundation and is sponsored by industry, government, and private interests. U.S. Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Conrad Burns (R-MT), Co-Chairmen. For more information, log on to


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