DaimlerChrysler approves use of B20 in 2007 Dodge Ram pickup trucks

By | March 01, 2006
In a sign of growing OEM acceptance of biodiesel, DaimlerChrysler recently became the first U.S. automaker to specifically approve B20 in a warranty
position statement.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) welcomed DaimlerChrysler's decision to approve the use of B20 in its Dodge Ram pickup trucks for government, military and commercial fleet customers. Use of B20 in fleets is approved for the 2007 model for Dodge Ram pickups equipped with Cummins diesel engines.

Chrysler Group President and CEO Tom LaSorda touted the benefits of biodiesel during his remarks at the Economic Club of Detroit's meeting Jan. 23. "Biofuels represent a huge opportunity to reduce fuel consumption and our dependence on foreign oil, while also offering a significant environmental benefit," LaSorda said. "Biodiesel is proof that at least part of the solution to these national challenges can be homegrown."

Chrysler Group initiated a factory fill of B5 fuel in the Jeep Liberty CRD diesel SUV starting with the 2005 model year. Every vehicle is fueled with B5 at the assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio.

DaimlerChrysler is working with the NBB and others to develop a consistent, universally applied American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) quality standard specifically for B20 that would allow them to recommend the blend to all owners of Dodge Ram diesels. The B20 must also meet U.S. military specifications, which include using the blend within six months.

In addition, the NBB, DaimlerChrysler and all the other major vehicle, engine and fuel injection companies are actively engaged in a research program testing B20 and lower blends of biodiesel in the advanced diesel engine platforms mandated by the U.S. EPA for 2007 and 2010 model vehicles. Modern, clean diesel vehicles offer fuel economy improvements of 30 percent and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, compared to gas-powered vehicles.

"While diesel technology alone can make big strides toward helping us meet our national energy, environment and security objectives, when you add biodiesel and other biofuels, it gets really exciting," LaSorda said.
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