Chrysler Group & E85
The Chrysler Group has a long-standing commitment to help improve our nation's environment
and reduce our country's dependence on petroleum. To achieve these goals, Chrysler
Group has been a leader in producing Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFV's) that run on
E85. In fact, with nearly 1.5 million FFV's sold since 1198 - representing 10 percent
of all of its vehicles sold since then - Chrysler Group has sold a greater percentage
of FFV's than any other auto manufacturer.
Ethanol - Where It Comes From
Ethanol is essentially beverage alcohol that can be produced from a variety of sources,
but mostly from sugar cane and corn. Corn is the predominant ethanol crop in the
U.S. Groundbreaking new processes are being perfected to convert such diverse items
as wheat straw and sawdust - items currently thrown away - into ethanol. These new
processes are several times more efficient than the already efficient corn ethanol
production in use today.
Flexible Fuel Vehicle FAQs
- FFV's: Flexible Fuel Vehicles are designed to run on straight gasoline,
e85 or any mixture of the two. If no E85 stations are nearby, it doesn't matter
- you can fill up with straight gasoline like any other vehicle.
- Components: What Makes an FFV - An FFV features specific components so
it can operate on fuel with high ethanol concentrations. Since ethanol can be corrosive
to certain fuel system materials, an FFV uses some or all of the following: a different
fuel tank, fuel pump, fuel rail, fuel injectors and fuel lines. The FFV engine features
a specially programmed engine computer to calibrate how much fuel needs to be delivered
to the engine for optimal performance and emission control.
- Retrofitting: Because of the complex nature of the FFV components, you
cannot retrofit older vehicles to run on E85. You also cannot put E85 into a non-FFV
because it may damage the vehicle's fuel system.
- Driving an FFV: Whether running on straight gasoline or E85, there should
be no noticeable performance difference when driving down the highway, or even when
towing. The only differences you will notice when operating on E85 are up to 25-30
percent less fuel economy and the possibility of harder starting during cold weather.
- Service: Typically, there are no special maintenance procedures on intervals
for FFVs. As with any vehicle, it is important to consult your Owner's Manual for