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Dodge Ram Bluetec Diesel and Ford Fusion HySeries

Bluetec Ram, Hydrogen Fusion

Dodge Ram Bluetec Diesel and Ford Fusion HySeries
Posted January 25 2007 10:33 AM by S-Turn 
Filed under: Opinions, Observations, Trend Observations, Truck News

Bluetec Ram surrounded by various dignitaries.

Automakers released a flurry of end-of-month news that presses their eco-friendly credentials in time for the auto show in Washington, ***

Ford announced a rival of sorts to the Chevy Volt : A Ford Fusion that runs on an electric powertrain that can be charged by wall power and by an on-board hydrogen fuel cell system. (The Volt's electric powertrain can be charged by wall power, too, but uses an E85-fueled 1L generator instead of a hydrogen fuel cell to charge the batteries while on the road.) That Fusion is a driveable application of the HySeries Drive powertrain used by the groovy Ford Airstream concept unveiled at the auto show in Detroit. By "driveable" I presume it means that the HySeries Drive has been applied to a production vehicle -- not that it's ready for prime time. Practical hydrogen fuel cells are still not a reality, but it is interesting to see how the automakers have become comfortable enough with the prospects of electric vehicles to tout their merits.

Clean diesel made some headlines, too. (Funny that diesel might be considered eco-friendly, but times sure have changed.) In D.C., DaimlerChrysler previewed its  2007 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 with a Bluetec 6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine that runs on B5 and B20 biodiesel (the truck is available in March). On the other hand, Dodge's truck meets 50-state 2010 emissions standards and will hit the streets in March. Ford started showing off its 6.4L clean-diesel-powered 2008 Super Duty at the '06 Texas State Fair, but has given no firm dates on when it will go on sale other than early this year. Chevy's HD pickups won't even get previewed for the press until next month, but, then Chevy has gotten lots of PR love with all the news about its GMT900 platform products over the last year.

Bullet points on the new Ram from the Dodge announcement:

6.7-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine achieves 2010 NOx emission standards three years early, making it the cleanest and best-performing heavy-duty pickup truck in the market and first Chrysler Group Bluetec-equipped vehicle.  

Available in March, starting at $33,650 (includes destination)
Nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions reduced by as much as 90 percent; particulate emissions virtually eliminated

Diesel engines provide up to 30 percent better fuel economy when compared to equivalent gasoline engines

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