Chrysler's Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Deb Morrissett spoke at the National Biodiesel Board Conference and addressed one of the biggest problems in the industry, a lack of formulation standards. She urged biodiesel producers to focus on defining a standard formula for B20 automotive fuel. In order for carmakers to develop diesel engines capable of running reliably on B20, they need to know how the fuels will perform and react with the engine components. DaimlerChrysler is an industry leader in diesel development, recently unveiling the 2007 Ram pickup with an updated Cummins diesel capable of running on B5 and B20. The new Rams and Jeep Grand Cherokee diesels come out the factory filled with B5.

The Ram is only rated for running B20 for government fleets running military-specification biodiesel. If a standard fuel were available all of the diesels could run on B20. In addition to diesel, DaimlerChrysler is also committed to other alternative power-train technologies, such as ethanol flex-fuel systems, hybrids, battery electrics, and fuel cells. The Chrysler press release with more information about the speech is after the jump.

[Source: DaimlerChrysler]

DaimlerChrysler Outlines Commitment to Alternative Fuels at National Biodiesel Board Conference

  • Deb Morrissett, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, urges the biodiesel community to expedite setting a national fuel specification for biodiesel
  • National fuel standard needed to "harness and direct the diverse research and investment efforts"

San Antonio, Texas -

In a speech at the National Biodiesel Board Annual Conference today, Deb Morrissett, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for the Chrysler Group, encouraged the biodiesel industry to continue their development of a national standard for B20 as automobile manufacturers focus more resources on producing diesel vehicles capable of running on the fuel.

"To speed the adoption of biodiesel, and to help harness and direct the diverse research and investment efforts going into its development, we need to expedite setting a national fuel specification for biodiesel, just as we have for other fuels," said Morrissett. "I'm looking forward to the time when anyone can fuel up with B20, but we're not there yet."

Morrissett also promised that more vehicles capable of running on the renewable fuel are on the horizon: "I want to encourage you to stay tuned - because, drawing on the diesel expertise of DaimlerChrysler and partners like Cummins, we intend to keep building our diesel leadership in the years to come."

Last month, DaimlerChrysler AG's Chairman Dieter Zetsche introduced the 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 with 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine offered with B5 and B20 biodiesel, available to consumers in March. The first to do so and three years before the deadline, the heavy duty truck will meet stringent 2010 truck emissions standards in all 50 states. He also announced the Dodge Ram clean, light-duty turbodiesel engine that will provide up to 30-percent improved fuel economy; meet 50-state, 2010 emissions standards, available after 2009.

In addition to leadership in the development of clean diesel technologies, DaimlerChrysler is a global leader among automakers in using and promoting renewable fuel sources. Approximately 15,000 Jeep® Liberty CRD diesels were delivered to customers running on B5. In 2007, Dodge Ram diesel pickups and the Jeep Grand Cherokee CRD with 3.0-liter, common rail, turbo-diesel engine, will also be fueled with B5 at the factory. These vehicles are approved for regular use with B5 biodiesel fuel, and the 2007 Dodge Ram is approved for use of B20 for commercial, government and military fleets which use military specification biodiesel fuel.

In addition to Morrissett's remarks, Loren Beard, Manager of Fuel Legislation, Regulation and Policy and Scott Schramm, Manager of Regulatory and Technical Affairs also addressed the group regarding engine warranty issues, the OEM experience with alternative fuels and navigating new regulations.

Advanced diesel technology is part of the Chrysler Group's advanced propulsion technology umbrella, which also includes efficient gasoline engines, hybrids, flex-fuel vehicles, electric vehicles and a test fleet of more than 100 fuel cell-powered vehicles.

In 2007, DaimlerChrysler will produce more than 250,000 flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs) capable of running on E85 fuel, conventional gasoline or any combination of the two fuels. The company's FFV fleet will increase to nearly 500,000 in 2008. The 2007 FFV lineup includes:

The Chrysler Group, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge and Mopar® brand vehicles and products. Total sales worldwide in 2006 were 2.7 million vehicles. Sales outside of North America were the highest in a decade with an increase of 15 percent over 2005. On the heels of the company's record product launch year (Chrysler Group launched 10 all-new vehicles in 2006), the company plans to extend that streak with eight all-new products in 2007. Its product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Commander and Dodge Charger. The Chrysler Group is a unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, the world's fifth largest automaker, which produces passenger and commercial vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz, Maybach, smart and Freightliner brands.

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