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DaimlerChrysler Will Deliver New Ram Diesel Pickups Fueled with B5 Biodiesel; Work on B20 Standard Ongoing

9 October 2006

DaimlerChrysler will begin delivering each new 2007 Dodge Ram diesel pickup truck to owners fueled with B5 soybean biodiesel.

The Dodge Ram Heavy Duty 2500/3500 series diesel pickup trucks are powered by the 5.9-liter Cummins turbo-diesel engine. Beginning in January 2007, the vehicles will be built with the new Cummins 6.7-liter turbo-diesel engine.

The Dodge Ram diesel is already approved for regular use with B5 fuel.

DaimlerChrysler has delivered more than 15,000 Jeep Liberty CRD diesels have already been delivered to customers running a B5 blend. When DaimlerChrysler launches the Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD with 3.0-liter, common rail, turbo-diesel engine (earlier post), it will also be fueled with B5 at the factory. These vehicles are also approved for regular use with B5 biodiesel fuel.

The company has approved the use of B20 in the 2007 Dodge Ram diesel for commercial, government and military fleets. For this program, vehicles will require a supplemental fuel filter and must be used with fuel meeting the military’s quality requirements. (Earlier post.)

DaimlerChrysler is working with other automakers, suppliers, fuel refiners and distributors, customers and research organizations to develop a national B20 standard. The company looks to the experience gained in the B20 test program to contribute toward finalization of a nationwide standard for B20 fuel.

In order for automakers to produce, sell and warranty biodiesel vehicles, a national B20 standard is critical. We think allowing our fleet customers to use fuel made to current military specifications will accelerate the development of a national B20 specification for general use.

—Deborah Morrissett, Vice President Regulatory Affairs, DaimlerChrysler

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Well, promoting biofuels is a step in the right direction but no substitute for overall improvements in fuel economy. As for biodiesel specs, the US should consider basing them on Europe's existing EN 14214 norm.

The real question wrt pick-up trucks is if customers really need them - or rather, if they really need them to be quite as big. It makes little sense to go for a full-size model unless you frequently need to haul large, heavy loads as part of your job. For legitimate commercial use, a substantially smaller engine paired with a transmission featuring tighter more gears for low-speed operation could deliver the same torque at the wheels.

If the only reason you "need" a full-size truck is to transport your snowmobile/jetski/ATV, to tow your boat/horse trailer or, some other recreational application once in a while, consider renting the equipment at the destination.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, bigger is in fact neither better, more masculine nor more patriotic - it just makes everyone more dependent on OPEC and increases CO2 emissions. For daily use, pick a vehicle that meets your daily needs. Usually, that means a car.

You can’t tell people what to buy. And I would say most people that buy 2500 and 3500 are using them for work. People that like full size trucks buy 1500 series

...and with the emotional nature of automotive purchases most of the time you will have trouble reasoning with them in reference to what they buy as well.

Never-the-less it is a good sign to see Dodge at least acknowledging the need for B20 capable equipment. They're probably stuck with inventory on the big trucks that most Americans do not need and do not regularly use. My neighbor used his Ram as storage space for stuff he used on the job site once in three or four months. A smaller vehicle would mean he had to unload unecessary equipment when not in use. Mobile storage is expensive these days - cost of fuel, cost to environment, and cost of hauling an uneeded ton of weight over our roads.

Why would one rent a snowmobile/jetski/ATV if one already owns one? People buy these toys because they enjoy them and don't want to go through the hassle and expense of renting one with a questionable service history.

No, it's far better to work on improving vehicle efficiency than it is to try to convince people that they shouldn't enjoy life.

I have a 98 dodge dakota pick up that is paid in full. I am not happy driving such a big vehiclke although I use it for recrearional gardening, I feel safer in it especially on fast country roads - it offers much greater protection if there were a crash. I like the idea of bio deisel

I have a 98 dodge dakota pick up that is paid in full. I am not happy driving such a big vehiclke although I use it for recrearional gardening, I feel safer in it especially on fast country roads - it offers much greater protection if there were a crash. I like the idea of bio deisel

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