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Hannie59

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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 2:37:10 PM

I do not see a biodiesel forum, so if there is one please direct me to it. In the absence of such a forum, I feel here is the next best place to go with this excellent news!

In Michigan, General Motors announced that its new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze light-duty diesel passenger car is approved for use with 20 percent biodiesel blends (B20).

Starting MSRP for the diesel Chevy Cruze is reported to be $25,695, and GM plans to sell them in markets where its B20-approved Chevrolet Silverado diesel models have done well, including the West Coast, the Baltimore area, D.C., and the East Coast. The 2014 Cruze is expected to move into production later this summer.

The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel features an advanced 2.0L clean diesel engine that will offer an estimated 42 mpg highway with an automatic transmission and expected best-in-segment range based on GM testing. Clean diesels using modern diesel exhaust technology and ultra low sulfur fuel are over 90 percent cleaner than older models.

The Cruze’s 2.0L turbo-diesel is based on proven architecture already used in European models, where approximately 40 percent of all Cruze models sold feature a diesel engine.

Meanwhile, a bumper crop of new 2013 clean diesel vehicles are beginning to arrive in dealership showrooms nationwide, including more new B20-approved vehicles from domestic automakers Ford and Chrysler. In addition to its best-selling Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks, Ford is introducing a new diesel model in its Ford Transit full size van which will also be approved for use with B20 biodiesel like its SuperDuty brethren. Additionally, Chrysler’s new 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickup features more horsepower and improved fuel economy with its 6.7-liter Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel powertrain. The 2013 Ram Heavy Duty diesel pickups are approved for general use with B20 by all customers beginning in January 2013.
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L98
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Message Posted: Apr 12, 2013 12:16:29 PM

very good news,but like diesel bio fuels will likely be manipulated to maintain profits
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GAC1Shirt
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2013 10:05:47 PM

I took a report showing the cost per million BTU's divided by btu's per gallon of diesel and gasoline. Not knowing if the gasoline was diluted with ethanol the cost of gasoline was .03 cents higher for a million btu's than diesel. So in the long run, stop looking at the cost differential per gallon and focus on the BTU content of the energy. The more you dilute gasoline with ethanol or diesel with biodiesel, the fewer BTU per gallon and I bet the cost remains the same or higher. Cost of energy another site Fuels comparison
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streetirsx
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2013 8:43:55 PM

we need more diesel vehicles in North America. If only the prices of diesel would come down on par with gas to make it worth while.
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Daurel
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2013 9:58:56 AM

Value? a VW TDI gets over 40mpg. My F-250 Super Duty gets over 21mpg highway.
Compare to a regular VW ???and a gas F-250 gets 17max on gas. Less than 10 pulling Mine 17 pushing it (hills) to 18 (flat ground).
I would say over the life of the vehicle that is a savings. Mine is OK'ed for B20.

[Edited by: Daurel at 3/28/2013 10:00:03 AM EST]
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FocusFree
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2013 8:07:50 AM

Good news but it will only become more popular when the price of diesel fuel drops to a realistic value vs gasoline. At the moment, the efficiency of the diesel is negated by the extra cost of the engine ($2000 plus) and the higher premium paid for the fuel.
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MaggieMae07
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2013 4:19:21 AM

I hope to see this trend continue. My TDI is only approved for 5% bio, but, an added benefit is the extra lubricity of the bio-diesel eliminates the need for an additive (PowerService, Stanadyne, etc.) when using the required ULSD.
It is about time to have a few more diesel choices!
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stickyvalves
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 10:19:45 AM

Let's move this discussion to a car forum.
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thuathienhue
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 8:13:48 AM

This is great.
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tdioiler
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 8:44:10 PM

Silverstreak, you are correct. It is about time!!! All burning old french fry oil.
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streetirsx
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 8:38:29 PM

great idea. now all we need is a diesel-hybrid and have the best of both worlds!!
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SilverStreaker
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 9:43:26 AM

It's about time!
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nurdco
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 2:24:01 AM

WRONG FORUM...

Not an Ethanol topic
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goldseeker
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 12:06:34 AM

I would like to see more small diesels in America. Bring on the biodiesel!
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Jmac2008
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 11:44:13 PM

Great for America, Go USA and Chevrolet.
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goldseeker
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 5:14:23 AM

That is good news.
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sagnat
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 3:53:00 AM

That is a step in the right direction. My 2012 diesel is limited to no more than 5% bio-diesel to maintain the high pressure fuel pump warranty. Glad to hear Chevy is allowing full bio for those who can brew their own at home.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2013 10:51:39 AM

I'm impressed. The manufacturers are beginning to see "the light" ...
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oilpan4
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Message Posted: Feb 15, 2013 1:26:10 PM

Since I have made biodiesel I know the difference between biodiesel and vegetable oil.
Its esters versus transfatty acids.
I don't have time or enough supply of oil to make it all into biodiesel.

I know about WVO kits, I don't use them. I installed a serries of better easier to change filters and electric fuel pumps.
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Hannie59
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 6:28:51 PM

Well oilpan, I don't think Mr. Diesel was the LAST person to do that. These systems are around, and many are using them. Certainly not a large amount, but these systems are in curculation and use.

Buy as you said, "when my deisel was built". Do you have a very old diesel vehicle or equipment? SVO/WVO and biodiesel are two quite different fuels, correct?

WVO kits for diesel passenger vehicles

[Edited by: Hannie59 at 2/14/2013 6:32:31 PM EST]
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oilpan4
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 4:46:51 PM

When my diesel was built there was no such thing as "biodiesel" and last known person to burn vegetable oil in a diesel engine on a regular basis was Rudolf Diesel.
It has no problem running B20 or 30% mixtures of waste vegetable oil.

I don't think the OEMs had to do very much if they even did anything to make the new diesels biodiesel compatible.
I don't see why its a big deal.
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