South Dakota state fleet uses 2 million gallons of ethanol

By South Dakota Bureau of Administration | May 22, 2018

The South Dakota state vehicle fleet burned nearly 2 million gallons of ethanol-blended fuels in its flex-fuel vehicles during the last year, according to the South Dakota Bureau of Administration. From mid-May 2017 through mid-May 2018, its fleet of more than 2,500 flex-fuel vehicles utilized 1.91 million gallons of E-10, E-30 and E-85 fuels during the year.

 “We have been increasing the number of flex-fuel vehicles we purchase each year,” said Bureau of Administration Commissioner Scott Bollinger. “As older vehicles wear out, we look to replace them with flex-fuel models.”

Ethanol is available at 95 different state fueling sites across South Dakota. The Division of Fleet and Travel Management has installed E-30 pumps at three of the state’s largest fueling sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Brookings. Recent decreases in ethanol prices have made E-30 a viable cost-savings option.

Of South Dakota’s entire state fleet, which includes hundreds of vehicles that burn diesel and other fuels, 65 percent regularly use an ethanol-blended fuel.

“South Dakota is a national leader when it comes to utilizing ethanol in its state vehicle fleet,” Bollinger noted. “Ethanol helps our agriculture community, burns cleaner and is saving us money.”