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DaimlerChrysler Touts Benefits of Biodiesel

8 September 2006

Biodiesel will be critical to the success of diesel-powered vehicles in the US market, according to Loren Beard, Senior Manager—Fuels for DaimlerChrysler.

Beard made the remarks while addressing a conference on the fuel savings, air quality, and health benefits of biodiesel in Washington, DC hosted by the American Lung Association and the National Biodiesel Board.

DaimlerChrysler will continue to expand its lineup of diesel-powered vehicles in the coming months, at the same time it broadens its programs to educate the American public on the benefits of home-grown biodiesel fuel.

Diesel will be good for America, and biodiesel makes diesel better. Emissions of particulates—an important issue in congested urban areas—can be reduced more than 80% with modern, clean diesel engines running on biodiesel. Use of biodiesel extends the benefits of diesel technology.

—Loren Beard

Beard reported that B20 (20 percent biodiesel blended in conventional diesel fuel) can reduce particulate matter emissions by up to 15%.

DaimlerChrysler will market five 45-state diesel-powered passenger vehicles in the U.S. in 2007: Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD sport-utility vehicle with 3.0-liter diesel engine; Mercedes-Benz E320 luxury sedan with 3.0-liter engine and BlueTec emissions technology; and three new Mercedes-Benz utility vehicles, R320 CDI, ML320 CDI, and GL320 CDI. In addition, the Dodge Ram pickup and Dodge Sprinter van are also equipped with diesel engines for the US market.

The company is targeting three Tier 2 Bin 5 vehicles (50-state) by 2008. (Earlier post.)

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel, like its predecessor the Jeep Liberty CRD, will be delivered to customers running on B5 biodiesel fuel. The Dodge Ram diesel is also approved for use with B5 fuel.

This fall, DaimlerChrysler will begin testing B20 biodiesel fuel in the Ram with its commercial, government and military fleet customers. The company is also working with Michigan State University researchers, the US EPA, the State of Michigan, NextEnergy, and the National Biodiesel Board to develop better biodiesel fuel crops.

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Biodiesel works great. All I can say is why are the "big 3" moving so SLOW on this issue.

I drove a 30 year old Mercedes on B100 for 6 months and zero problems. I used B20 all winter again without any problems.

If Chrysler really wanted to lead on this issue they would FILL the tank of every diesel vehicle with B100 and advertise it on prime time.

Kyle Dansie


BioDiesel with 7% alcohol is the common sense fuel to transition to.

Why?

Can be produced from renewable sources.

Can be distributed by the existing infrastructure.

Can be nearly C02 neutral.

Can get 100 mpg+ when used right in a turbo/hybrid.

Etc.

Chrysler and their biodiesel capaign is more impressive to me than GM and their E85 capaign.

I would consider (for future purchase) a Dodge Stratus with a 2.0L 50-state legal turbo diesel on B20 at the same price point as a Camry Hybrid if the features, quality, and safety match between the two. Give it an idle start-stop capability as I'm sure the price of the Camry Hybrid versus a turbo diesel Stratus would give enough headroom for such additions, and you'd have a winner [atleast with the "fuel conservation" crowd].

Agreed. Biodiesel would be a wonderful thing for the U.S. It would allow us to tap our huge agriculture potential. I'd also like to see the Jathropa/Mexico thing I have proposed make an impact.

Lucas,
I am curious as to the benefits of adding the alcohol. Not being skeptical, I'd just like to learn. Thnaks


O2 Diesel shows considerable reduction in emissions. Use the GCC search and look for them. (and/or 7.7% alcohol.)

i think for cold weather ethanol consentrations are a bit higher (closer to 20%) and i would also be interested in 30 to 50% of the alcohol content to be butanol. the higher the btu value per gallon the better.

one question: why do they tell us in germany and europe, that biodiesel is poison for diesel particulate filters and injection systems and why is biodiesel "good" for diesel engines in the US?? I just don´t understand this.... please help me^^

Unless DCX has made a U-turn there is total hypocrisy here. DCX does not expressly approve the use of B20 or any higher biodiesel blend except in the 2007 Dodge Ram/Cummins CHASSIS CAB, FOR FLEET SALES ONLY. And their subsidiary diesel engine maker VM Motori apparently indicates that the engine warranty is void if you use anything over B5 (it's not clear whether DCX follows this for vehicles sold by DCX). DCX made a big deal of putting B5 in the factory fill for the Liberty CRD, yet if you call the Jeep plant or knowledgeable dealers they apparently tell you not to use any biodiesel, and definitely not anything over B5. If DCX wants to be an honest player then they need to expressly extend warranty coverage to any use of ASTM-standard biodiesel in any of their diesel vehicles, or give us an express list of what % biodiesel is allowed in each specific year/vehicle/engine combination.

This article is putting a green face on diesels and DCX as part of a strategy to bring them into the mainstream in the US, so that DCX can sell cars and maybe get the EPA to say yes to ADBLU. However, we do need more diesels on the road to drive demand for Bxx regardless of concentration. Warranty coverage is absolutely needed, and any posturing made without it should be met with heckling.

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