Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chrysler to Sell CNG in US by 2017

Earlier this week, Chrysler made waves at the SAE World Congress automotive engineering conference in Detroit by announcing that it is targeting 2017 as the year to introduce a CNG-powered vehicle in the U.S.  Chrysler, which is partially owned by Fiat, will use Fiat CNG technology, which has been  used in Europe for years, as the basis for the vehicles.  It is likely to appear first in Ram brand trucks.

This is a big deal because the Honda Civic GX is the only consumer CNG model currently offered in the U.S., and it's not widely available.  GM is starting to offer some CNG fleet vehicles.  It is not clear if the Chrysler CNG vehicles will be widely available at first or only if they will be fleet-only for a period of time.

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