The Chrysler group plans to increase its production of flexible-fuel vehicles capable of burning gasoline and E85, said COO Eric Ridenour.
Chrysler said it will build 250,000 vehicles in the 2007 model year and about 500,000 in 2008.
Vehicles with dual capabilities in 2007 will be those equipped with the 4.7-liter V-8: the Chrysler Aspen, Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee, and Dodge Dakota, Ram and Durango; all minivans with the 3.3-liter V-6; and the Chrysler Sebring with the 2.7-liter V-6.
Chrysler has made about 1.5 million flexible-fuel vehicles since 1998.
Starting with 2007, all new flexible-fuel vehicles will come equipped with a yellow fuel cap and special badge. E85 fuel contains 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. About 750 U.S. gasoline stations are equipped with ethanol pumps, out of about 170,000 gasoline stations, Chrysler estimates.
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