• Apr 14th 2011 at 10:00AM
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Chrysler intends to launch compressed natural gas- (CNG-) fueled vehicles by 2017, according to Bob Lee, the automaker's vice president for engine and electrified propulsion system. At the 2011 SAE World Congress, Lee told journalists that CNG "technology is very actively being worked on" and added that "it's a good way for some diversity in the market in terms of fuel use."

Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of both Chrysler and Fiat, has previously stated:
In the United States, there is a substantial domestic supply of CNG. CNG technology is readily available without extensive development time or expenditure of resources. Fiat already has a portfolio of CNG engines, both naturally aspirated and turbocharged. Chrysler Powertrain is actively investigating applications for CNG and is exploring solutions that would drive people to the technology.
Fiat S.p.A., which currently holds a 30 percent stake in Chrysler and reportedly plans to increase that to 51 percent before the Pentastar goes public, has several vehicles that run on CNG. Chrysler execs are reportedly exploring the possibility of swiping Fiat's technology for use in its own models.

[Source: Wired, Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hm, it's gonna take 6 years to launch something other companies are producing?
      So in typical Chrysler tradition they'll be 2-5 years behind everyone else eh?

      I do not know how this company survives..
        • 4 Years Ago
        It survive because of the goverment subsidies. Goverment subsidies petrol and car makers via taxes and have their share of imported oils money put in swiss numerical banks accounts by foreing terrorists living in third world contries like canada, mexico, u.s.a, saudi-arabia, venezuela, oman, quatar, nigeria, lybia, united kingdom, u.r.s.s, etc.
        All that is done in wall-streets offices since 110 years as a day to day trading normal operations. No ones is blaming switzerlang nor attaking them whatsoever because everybody is looking to do the same including volts engineers that recently receive 60 billions from usa and canada goverments. Why these folks will rejects petrol ?? they just have to say that they don't understand hydrogen nor lpg tanks and apperatus but goverments is subsidizing petrol for now and they have to make long studies abouth where to find lithium, where to buy it and where the money for buying lithium will be deposited under what number in good old swiss banks where their is no crimes, no war and especially no taxs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't understand the time frame.
      My understanding is that there are already a good number of CNG vehicles on the road here in fleet use.
      Also, fiat is the largest seller of CNG vehicles in europe.

      With all that, why will it take them six years to come to market with it?

      I must be missing something or have something wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking. more importantly, don't they make them dual fuel, in case CNG is not available, you can fill with regular gas. Cars in Europe have these conversions done all the time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It puzzles me also why more people, companies, carmakers....don't jump on CNG
      • 4 Years Ago
      I personally don't think the CNG infrastructure problems will be overcome within the next six years. Seems to me that butanol has a better chance of replacing gasoline in neighborhood fuel stations in the US if the powers that be insist on keeping the ICE alive and well in the age of EVs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes Paul, don't be so outlandish with your comments.

        2wm, it's Friday anything with pistons gets voted up, everything else down. The piston crew is out in full force.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Downrank mafia, engage!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Paul, I disagree with your post.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, it's a post about chrysler!

        They grow up so quickly.
      harlanx6
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good move, be first (after Honda,) don't wait for everyone else to come to market first with CNG cars and trucks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        Fiat has had the CNG market in Brazil and other parts of South America for years, selling hundreds of thousands of CNG powered cars. It's a very mature technology, one I believe is ready to go mainstream in the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Poor old Chrysler, bad enough finding out that only Fiat wants to be your partner, but then you get lumbered with trying to make CNG viable.

      Especially sad when you consider that Chrysler were once leaders in EV technology.

      Ok, I know that there are probably more than 12 million vehicles operating on CNG (mostly buses). The biggest problem is that even with ANG tanks, the volume of tank capacity to energy yield is very inefficient. (only 23% of diesel or 40% of LPG.) The cost of CNG is only economically viable by altering the tax rate. So any savings are really artificial.

      Environmentally, although less harmful, NG is still made from fossil fuels. IMHO, ideally, Natural Gas should be reserved to generate electricity.

        • 4 Years Ago
        "Natural Gas should be reserved to generate electricity."

        totally agree.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im interrested to buy and they seem interrested to sell. I'll take a home lpg maker to go along with the cng tank. Can we put hydrogen gas instead of lpg into that tank, if so i'll take a hydrogen gas making machine instead of a lpg making machine. For the hydrogen maker it take a small separator membrane that split the hydrogen out of the oxygen and we compress the hydrogen into the tank even if chris m said many many times that the hydrogen tank cost 100 000$ and that hydrogen gas is not compressible.
      As we are not in a hurry to fill the hydrogen tank as the battery proponents are in a hurry to recharge their battery in a shopping mall or into downtown somewhere else it don't take costly equipment pluggued to the public electric grill at great cost and pollution. All it take is a small windmill and/or a small solar panel and the hydrogen is made slowly while the car run somewhere with 3-4 days of hydrogen left in the tank and it take 5 minutes to refill without any pollution.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL, it was too simple for your mind.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What? I try to give you the benefit of the doubt, but man it makes it real hard to understand what you're actually thinking! You want to convert this CNG to hydrogen and spend 100 000 to do it, and then buy a small wind mill and fill it at a mall? Man what are you smoking?
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