• Aug 10th 2006 at 5:28PM
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Eric Ridenour, the Chrysler Group's COO, announced today that his company would be joining General Motor's "Live Green, Go Yellow" campaign by including yellow-colored gas caps on all of the Chrysler Group's E85-capable vehicles. Chrysler's E85 lineup includes ten vehicles at the moment: the Dodge Grand Caravan, Caravan, Dakota, Ram half-ton and Durango; the Chrysler Sebring sedan, Town and Country, and Aspen; and the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander. The yellow gas caps are designed to allow consumers to know at a glance whether or not their vehicle is E85 capable. Chrysler will be volume purchasing the caps from the same supplier with GM.

It's nice to see two companies getting together on something. Ridenour even joked during his speech that the picture he used for the presentation slide was from GM, so they were even saving money on the photo shoot. That's good, because we got our picture from GM, as well.

[Source: Chrysler]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Quick. Start the rumour now!!

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      It's funny that you complain about the subsidy on ethanol production without mentioning the huge subsidy the government pays for cheap oil. How much subsidy? For starters, add up what we've spent in Iraq so far. Lots more to add into that number...but I'll leave the details to the enterprising reader.

      But you were right on one thing...there's no free lunch.

      What we need to do is get away from corn ethanol (which is admittedly energy inefficient, and competes for price with food uses of corn) and place our research emphasis on cellulose ethanol technologies which can utilize the waste products of our food production, as well as plant matter such as switchgrass which can grow with almost zero help from us and grows in places that are generally unsuitable for food growing. Even with the disadvantages of ethanol (fuel economy, need for new infrastructure, etc), it seems a much better deal in the long run than the billions of dollars we spend each year on the middle east in various capacities. Not to mention that ethanol production/consumption comes close to being a zero net carbon producer. So, we don't have to go to war every 10 years to protect oil interests...we save trillions of dollars in defense and related spending over the next few decades...and we help curb global warming. Yeah...ethanol sure is quite the scam on the American public *rollseyes*
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      That is very nice, but nothing compares with free fuel, I drive a diesel VW New Beetle with a used vegetable oil conversion that restaurants waste, and as a plus I get 50 mpg.

      Hey Ford, GM, and Chrysler try to beat me.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I have owned an E85-compatible car for 6 years now & I have yet to see a gas station that sells it. The color of the gas cap is not going change that simple fact. I think most people would have an easier time finding a Yeti or the Loch Ness monster than finding this mythical E85 stuff. Does it even exist? If so, where in the entire state of Florida can I fill up my tank with some? I live in Orlando, FL which is the most traveled-to city on the planet - shouldn't I be able to find it here?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Last post... I do not know if I had "broken protocol"(I noticed that when one poster has a reply to another, they go "hey, #7..." then comment.... do not know if my copying another's whole post was a "bad thing" or not, and putting int next to my reply, etc......it is akin to a quote.... people do this stuff alot on other forums, like Edmunds...for example; they link to the persons name, or quote the post first). Autoblog-etc, Sorry if this is not how you are supposed to reply.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Worse gas mileage, expensive... GM and the rest should just give up on this crappy flexfuel concept. Why do people jump on hybrids? Fuel economy and tax breaks. The environmental or political "hey i'm less dependent on foreign fuel" bragging rights are just the pretentious icing on the cake.

      The clueless execs seem to think that the problem with E85 isn't the tech itself as much as awareness. Hence they dump millions on commercials and ads that people could care less about. Maybe the perception isn't great because the idea itself sucks? Wish they'd ditch this dead-end idea and pursue other alternatives.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Gee, that's great!

      Maybe I'll see an E85 station in my lifetime. And get to enjoy paying just as much as I pay for gasoline, but only get half the mileage.

      Yea E85!

      What a scam...
      • 9 Years Ago
      You know,

      At least in my area, diesel pumps have yellow filler handles to differentiate themselves from the gasoline pumps. Let's hope nobody who isn't paying the most attention doesn't just match colors and go wild...

      I'm all for color-coding... oil dipsticks are yellow, tranny fluid dipsticks are red, and so on. Gas caps for different fuel types makes as much sense as anything else. But they need to be standardized, and exclusive. The lowest common denominator keeps getting lower, and someone will screw this up.
      • 9 Years Ago
      1) It's a rip off: Low MPG, not much lower price per gallon, and cost you morein the long run due to having to buy more E85, than gas, for similartravel.
      2) Why are Big 3 so go green? Look at the (rip off priced) SUV's.... the sales are tanking, and new air pollution regs, emission regs coming out soon. Easy solution: E85 burns cleaner, and for not much money, Big 3 can turn their rigs into "clean" rigs, to meeet emissions stds, while avoiding any Real progress.

      It's all a waste of time.

      3) Buy a Civic, and get 40 MPG.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey MJ, #5.

      Quite the hypocrite. What exactly did you contribute with your post? At least my comment was on topic. You just made a personal attack without even mentioning ANYTHING about E85 or this story.

      Think before you type next time.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey No#4,
      If WalMart is going to sell E85, they will be breaking their own rules, an actual American product sold at the store, but I'm sure that WalMart will find a way to have made in China at a cheaper price, but there also Mexico, labor is cheap there too.
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