October 23, 2007
Chrysler soybeans planted at proving grounds will be used for alternative fuel research
Auburn Hills, Michigan – A 44-acre crop of soybeans grown at Chrysler’s proving grounds in Chelsea, Michigan will be harvested and sold without profit for use in alternative fuel research. The company says that depending on the progression of research, additional acres may be farmed next year; the acreage was farmed by a local company.
Soybeans are used in the production of biodiesel, made from vegetable oils. “Fuel grown on our land here at the proving grounds could be used in our important vehicle testing,” says Jeffrey Zyburt, Director of Proving Grounds and Stress Lab. “And this project is just the example of the unique things we can do.”
In addition to the soybean fields, Chrysler has also partnered with Michigan State University to turn a former dump site in Michigan into a research lab for the development of biofuels. The site is being used to grow sunflowers, canola, switchgrass, corn and soybeans to research and develop better renewable fuels, and to study whether viable fuel crops can be grown on former industrial sites nationwide.
Chrysler currently delivers its passenger diesel vehicles from the factory fuelled with B5 (5 per cent biodiesel), and has approved the use of B20 in 2007 Dodge Ram vehicles for commercial, government and military fleets.