Frank Klegon, Chrysler Groups Executive Vice President of Product Development, talks about Chryslers role with Bio-Diesel. Currently, Bio Diesel is a possibility for a renewable and sustainable energy source. The only problem that Chrysler has run into, is finding a standard for Bio-Diesel, but which is also expected to be decided upon by the end of the year.
Another BLUETEC 50-state Clean-diesel Vehicle
The 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee will join the 2007 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty as Chrysler Groups 50-state, clean-diesel BLUETEC vehicles.
BLUETEC brings together a host of technologies for diesel passenger vehicles, beginning with completely modern, efficient diesel engines and a focus on “denoxing” to reduce nitrogen oxides in the exhaust gases. The result is clean-diesel technology in vehicles that meet 50-state emissions standards for 2010.
Future Diesel Considerations
Chrysler Group announced today that it is exploring additional penetration of it’s 3.0-liter V-6 common-rail diesel (CRD) engine ” currently in the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee ” and the possibility of a four-cylinder diesel engine for the North American market.
The companys current diesel lineup includes Dodge Sprinter, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram Heavy Duty.
Earlier this year, Chrysler Group announced that an all-new Cummins turbodiesel engine will be available in light-duty pickup trucks after 2009. Along with generous power and low-end torque, the new engine will provide up to 30-percent improvement in fuel efficiency and a 20-percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to an equivalent gasoline engine.