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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

In Chrysler Deal, Cellulosic Ethanol Firm Gets a Prominent Partner

The New York Times Automobiles Section
August 16, 2011, 6:00 am

Chrysler entered into a memorandum of understanding with the cellulosic ethanol producer ZeaChem, it was announced Monday. But though the automaker builds so-called flex fuel vehicles that run on an E85 ethanol formulation, it is unclear exactly what might come of the new partnership.

Vince Muniga, a spokesman for Chrysler powertrain operations, said in a telephone interview that Chrysler “is looking at a lot of alternative fuels, including compressed natural gas, diesel and ethanol,” but did not say that future Chryslers would run on ZeaChem-produced biofuels.

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