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