Chrysler Group approves B5 in new Jeep Liberty

By | October 01, 2004
November will mark a landmark moment in biodiesel use for a major auto manufacturer. Chrysler Group announced that B5 would fill the fuel tank in each new Jeep Liberty Common Rail Diesel sport-utility vehicle coming off the assembly line. The company is expected to produce the first Jeep Liberty diesel in November at its plant in Toledo, Ohio.
Chrysler Group President and CEO Dieter Zetsche called the decision an important first step in encouraging wider use of clean renewable fuels.

The decision is already popular with consumers. Despite no official marketing campaign, Chrysler already has over 30,000 people that have shown interest in the new vehicles. That number far exceeds initial production capacity for the vehicle.

hrysler spokesperson Max Gates considers the announcement a small step, yet highly symbolic of what Chrysler hopes to accomplish. "The customers would have taken us there if we hadn't already done it," Gates said.

The use of B5 may be the first of several biodiesel moves for Chrysler. Gates indicated that Chrysler Group is involved in research projects throughout the world trying to create new ways of making biodiesel. The specifications of B20 in larger Chrysler diesel pickup truck engines are also being considered. Gates said Chrysler has a strong interest in alternative and renewable fuels.

"There has been interest in biodiesel particularly on the fleet side," Gates said. "We have been involved in that area."
Chrysler is starting a campaign to promote the locations of fuel stations around the country that have biodiesel. They hope it's the first step of many in promoting renewable fuels. "There is a great opportunity to carry the word to those who haven't been paying attention to biofuels," Gates said.

The Jeep Liberty will be fueled with soy-based biodiesel from the Ohio area. Chrysler is currently considering biodiesel suppliers in Michigan and Ohio. Their blender is Beyond Petroleum PLC.

The Liberty uses technology that significantly improves efficiency and reduces emissions by exactly calibrating the amount and pressure of fuel injected into the engine's combustion chambers. The Jeep Liberty diesel will achieve 22 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway.
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