Originally Posted by Gramps
But DC and the rest of them don't want to build e85 capable cars until the infrastructure is installed. What a crock! Which came first, the car or the gas station?
Actually, DCX is very commited to E85 and other alternative fuels. The product is being produced, in fact, my Commander has a FlexFuel E85 4.7 liter. It is true that the Infrastructure is not there yet. I live in the Metro Detroit area and have only seen one gas station that sells E85.
Oh, and back on topic for just a second, my wife drives the Compass. I have not checked the mileage yet, but we just picked it up last Friday.
Original Issue Date: Oct. 26, 2006
Fueling America's future: Chrysler Group and E85
The Chrysler Group has a long-standing commitment to help improve our nation's environment and reduce our country's dependence on petroleum. To achieve these goals, the Chrysler Group has been a leader in producing flexible fuel vehicles (FFVs) that run on E85 ethanol gas. In fact, with nearly 1.5 million FFVs sold since 1998—representing 10 percent of all of its vehicles sold since then—the Chrysler Group has sold a greater percentage of FFVs than any other auto manufacturer. Ethanol is essentially beverage alcohol that can be produced from a variety of sources, but mostly from sugar cane and corn. Corn is the predominant ethanol crop in the United States. New processes are being perfected to convert such diverse items as wheat straw and sawdust—items currently thrown away—into ethanol. These new processes are several times more efficient than the already efficient corn ethanol production in use today. Want to read more? Go to dodge.com/flexfuel, chrysler.com/flexfuel or jeep.com/flexfuel.
Original Issue Date: Aug. 10, 2006
Renewable fuels important to Chrysler Group strategy
"An important part of the Chrysler Group's strategy is to provide vehicles that will help reduce our country's dependence on oil through increased use of renewable fuels, such as ethanol," Chrysler Group COO Eric Ridenour said yesterday to the audience at the Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich. "We believe that flexible-fuel vehicles are part of the answer and part of a complete lineup of options that our customers expect. Ethanol-based fuels like E85 are a part of a viable long-term strategy for our nation’s energy security," Ridenour explained.
Ten percent of Chrysler Group vehicles produced over the past eight years are flex-fuel capable—a greater percentage than any other company. Today, there are 1.5 million ethanol-capable Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge vehicles on the road. In 2007, the company will produce 250,000 more E85-capable vehicles, and in 2008, it will double that number to 500,000. However, the challenge is to educate the owners of those vehicles. Ridenour announced that starting next year, the Chrysler Group will share an element of General Motors' "Live Green, Go Yellow" campaign. The Chrysler Group will install bright yellow fuel caps on each of its FFVs, which will enable consumers, at a glance, to know if their vehicle is flex-fuel capable. Additionally, the company will begin badging its FFV vehicles.
In addition to ethanol vehicles, Chrysler Group has been a leader in supporting biofuels and has its eye on future technologies including hybrids and fuel cells. "We are a full-line producer of vehicles, and we intend to compete in multiple powertrain technologies," said Ridenour. "We know that each has its merits. That's why we believe in a combination of biofuels, diesels, hybrids, fuel cells and advance gasoline technologies. No one technology will win the day. Bottom line is consumers want choice. "Our customers will ultimately decide the technologies they want and need to power their vehicles - now and in the future. And DaimlerChrysler will be standing at the ready with all the options available to meet their needs," Ridenour concluded.
Ridenour said that 10 percent of all Chrysler Group vehicles produced over the past eight years are flex-fuel capable. "Ethanol-based fuels like E85 are a part of a viable, long-term strategy for our nation's energy security," Ridenour said.