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HUMMER Greens Up With E85

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You can color HUMMER's H2 a little greener for the 2009 model year. General Motors says the large SUVs will be offered with a flex-fuel, E85-capable engine for the new year.

Both the H2 and the truck-bedded H2 SUT are ready for ethanol power in 2009. And by 2010, HUMMER general manager Martin Walsh says every HUMMER will get an E85-ready powertrain.

“A HUMMER’s off-road capability and care for the environment are in no way mutually exclusive. This is simply one more step in our effort to promote responsible adventure,” he said.

While scientists, environmentalists and consumers debate the cleaner, greener status of corn-based ethanol, GM counters that it's working on developing sources of ethanol derived from non-food plants and from waste.

GM estimates that less than 1 percent of the country's filling stations offer ethanol fuel. It says it's put more than 3 million flex-fuel vehicles on the road and promises half of its vehicles will offer E85-capable engines by 2012.

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