March 24, 2006

DaimlerChrysler partners with soybean growers to promote biodiesel

Cincinnati, Ohio – DaimlerChrysler has joined with Ohio governor Bob Taft, the state’s soybean growers and refiner Peter Cremer North America to promote the use of clean, renewable, Ohio-made biodiesel fuel in the Jeep Liberty CRD.

The Liberty, North America’s first diesel-powered midsize SUV, is fueled with B5 (five per cent biodiesel) when it leaves the assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio. The fuel is made from Ohio soybeans, refined at the Peter Cremer facility in Cincinnati. Sales of the Liberty CRD are about to surpass the 10,000 mark, double that expected when the company launched the CRD in early 2005.

The company has also announced that, beginning with the 2007 model year, it will approve and endorse the use of B20 (20 per cent biodiesel) in diesel-powered Dodge Ram trucks used by government, military and commercial fleet customers, and is working with the biodiesel industry, other automakers, suppliers, nonprofit organizations and Federal and state governments to develop national quality standards for B20. As well, DaimlerChrysler also promotes ethanol, with nearly 1.5 million of its vehicles capable of running on E85, a mixture of 85 per cent ethanol and 15 per cent gasoline. The company will produce nearly 500,000 E85-capable vehicles per year, beginning in 2007.

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