By now, if you follow the auto industry, you’ve undoubtedly heard that the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze will be available in diesel! The National Biodiesel Board had some very kind things to say during their review of the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze Light Duty Diesel Passenger Car! The vehicle was recently approved for use with 20% biodiesel blends (B20).
Take a look at what Steve Howell (technical director for the National Biodiesel Board) had to say:
We applaud General Motors for its foresight in approving the new diesel Chevy Cruze for use with the B20 biodiesel blends. Many people don’t realize that today’s new technology diesel engines powered by ultra-low sulfur biodiesel blends provide tailpipe emissions as clean or cleaner than natural gas, while providing superior fuel economy, horsepower and durability. In addition, when you combine the increased efficiency diesel engines with the low carbon nature of an advanced biofuel like biodiesel, new technology diesel engines are positioned to become the clean – and green – technology of the future, and we’re proud to see GM leading the way with its support for B20
The new Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel features a 2.0L disel engine that will offer an estimated 42 mpg highway and an expected best-in-segment range based on GM testing. Using modern diesel exhaust technology and ultra-low sulfur fuel the Cruze will be 90% cleaner than other makes, and will be General Motor’s cleanest passenger car ever produced.
The Cruze’s engine is based on the proven architecture already used in Europe where GM is already selling close to 40% of all Cruze models with a diesel engine. Chevrolet’s US Engineers worked with German and Italian engineering groups to adapt a version of the engine for use in the United States where diesel emissions standards are much higher and where there are a wider range of driving conditions.
So why is this important? General Motors is committed to reducing their carbon footprint and made a pledge they would do so over the next several years. This is a MAJOR step for a company that has already delivered on this pledge time and time again. Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from sustainable resources such as soybean oil, used cooking oil, and other lipid sources. It’s the first and only EPA approved advanced biofuel produced on a commercial scale across the United States.
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