April 18, 2006,
Auburn Hills, Mich.
DaimlerChrysler offers diesel and flexible fuel vehicles that can run on clean, renewable, American-made alternative fuels.
Renewable fuels, including ethanol made from corn and biodiesel made primarily from soybeans, help to:
- Reduce tailpipe emissions of pollutants
- Reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas
- Reduce dependence on oil
- Support the nation's agricultural economy
Since 1998, DaimlerChrysler has sold nearly 1.5 million flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) designed to run on E85 fuel, a fuel made up of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent conventional gasoline. Beginning with the 2008 model year, DaimlerChrysler will produce nearly 500,000 FFVs per year for sale in the United States.
Current vehicles capable of running on E85 fuel are:
- Dodge Stratus/Chrysler Sebring with the 2.7-liter engine
- Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan with the 3.3-liter engine
- Dodge Durango and Dodge Ram 1500 with the 4.7-liter engine
DaimlerChrysler is also promoting use of biodiesel, a fuel made from the vegetable oils from crops such as soybeans. Biodiesel can replace conventional diesel fuel, reducing dependence on oil. The Jeep® Liberty CRD diesel-powered SUV is filled with B5 (5 percent biodiesel) fuel at the assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio, and B5 is approved for use by all Jeep Liberty diesel customers.
Beginning with the 2007 model year, the company will approve use of B20 (20 percent biodiesel) fuel in Dodge Ram Heavy-Duty diesel pickup trucks operated by government, military and commercial fleets. The company is working with industry partners to establish a national standard that would enable all diesel vehicle owners to use B20 fuel.
"Biofuels are proof that at least part of the solution to our energy, environmental and national security issues can be homegrown," said Tom LaSorda, President and CEO – Chrysler Group.