The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition announced Tuesday at the 2009 Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Denver that they will join with Growth Energy and become Growth Energy Market Development. NEVC is the second ethanol association to combine with Growth Energy in the past year, following the Ethanol Promotion .
"For more than a decade, the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition has been carrying on the important mission of increasing the availability and use of ethanol," said Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, Co-Chairman of Growth Energy. "We are excited that they decided to join forces with us and continue that work as a part of Growth Energy."
The non-profit NEVC was started in 1996 and had great success in increasing flexible fuel vehicle production and E85 pumps. Their employees now become part of the Growth Energy team.
"In 1995, the year before NEVC was founded, there were 10 E85 pumps and 500 FFVs in the United States. Today, we have more than 2,000 E85 and blender pumps and more than 8 million FFVs," said Phil Lampert, who was executive director of NEVC and is now vice president of market development for Growth Energy. "As part of Growth Energy, I look forward to working with a wide variety of supportive groups and individuals to double or triple those numbers in the next few years."