Dodge approves biodiesel for some 2007 Ram pickups

| Monday, January 23, 2006

DaimlerChrysler has decided to expand the use of biodiesel in its 2007 model year Dodge Ram Pickups. But only for certain customers.

The company said in a press release that a B20 blend of biodiesel, which is 20 percent biodiesel, has been approved for use in its 2007 Dodge Rams. However, the company cautioned that the pickups will require the use of biodiesel fuel that meets specifications established by the U.S. military.

The initial approval only extends to those pickups that are equipped with Cummins diesel engines for military, government and commercial fleet customers.

The company said approval for all pickups is pending the creation of a national biodiesel standard that would make B20 an option for all owners of Dodge Ram diesels.

DaimlerChrysler is participating in a biodiesel research program that includes such companies as refiner Biodiesel Industries Inc., automotive suppliers Bosch, Delphi and Cummins, and researchers at Wayne State University and Michigan State University.

The goal of the program is to develop a national B20 standard.

DaimlerChrysler previously approved the use of a B5 biodiesel – 5 percent – blend for its Jeep Liberty diesel SUV. The use of a B2 blend has also been approved for diesel-powered Dodge Sprinter vans.

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