Last year Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) signed into law legislation that will move the state to a 20 percent ethanol standard by 2013.
In order to meet the 20 percent standard, the state plans to increase the use of E85, a fuel containing 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Part of the state's plan to increase ethanol usage is to make E85 conversion kits available to the general public.
In a formal letter requesting the EPA to allow Minnesota to be a test state for E85 fuel conversion kits, Governor Pawlenty noted that FlexTek was developed in Brazil and is currently used by more 50,000 vehicles there. Brian McClung, director of communications for the Governor's office stated "Certainly, using E85 conversion kits would be a great tool to help us meet that (20% E85) goal."
In an October 2006 article in Ethanol Producer Magazine (http://www.ethanolproducer.com), McClung said that expanding E85 use and stations in Minnesota has been challenging because both car companies and oil companies currently require greater demand by consumers before they are willing to make E85 more available. " The governor has proposed testing the E85 conversion kits as a way to break through the chicken and egg dilemma," McClung said, noting that Brazil was able to transition to greater ethanol use by using conversion kits.
FlexTek has been the subject of NBC and FOX affiliate newscasts. According to Bill R. Smith, President of XcelPlus Global Holdings, Inc. " We are very excited at the political support and media attention our products are now getting as we pursue EPA certification.
XcelPlus Global Holdings markets its technologies through strategic trading partners including XcelPlus International Inc (Other OTC:XLPI.PK - News) which manufactures and markets the Flextek, as well as a line of automobile alternative fuel and chemical products.
About XcelPlus Global Holdings:
XcelPlus Global Holdings Inc. owns and controls cutting edge technologies which enable the growth of the ethanol market, while providing consumers with a viable means of using newly developed clean energy technologies.
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