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2014-MY Expands Fleets' OEM Green Options

September 2013, Green Fleet Magazine - Cover Story

by Lauren Fletcher - Also by this author

With fuel prices remaining elevated and budgets staying static, fleets are continuing to turn to alternative-fuel models as part of their vehicle selectors to help reap the benefits of lower operating costs. Below are a representative sampling 2014-MY’s all-new “green” vehicles.

2014-MY Ford F-150 CNG
2014-MY Ford F-150 CNG

Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Light-Duty Trucks

For 2014, Ford Motor Company has expanded its alt-fuel vehicle offerings with the all-new Ford F-150 CNG/LPG model. The gaseous-fuel prep option will be available on the F-150 with the 3.7L V-6 and customers interested in the  compressed natural gas/liquefied petroleum gas (CNG/LPG) F-150 will first order their truck with the CNG/LPG engine prep which costs approximately $315.

Customers can choose from a list of Ford Qualified Vehicle Modifiers (QVMs) to supply fuel tanks, fuel lines, and the fuel injectors. Depending on the size of the tanks chosen, the upfits range in cost from $7,500 to $9,500. The CNG/LPG-equipped F-150 can travel up to 750 miles on one tank (depending on the tank size selected).

2014-MY Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
2014-MY Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

Looking at Clean Diesel

For the 2014 model year, GM is building on the Chevrolet Cruze with an all-new, 2.0L clean turbo-diesel-powered model that achieves an EPA-estimated 46 mpg highway. The Cruze Diesel can travel 717 miles on a single tank — or about 10 hours of highway driving, according to the manufacturer. It delivers 151 hp and 264 lb.-ft. of torque, with an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb.-ft. for stronger acceleration periods of about 10 seconds. The 2.0L clean turbo diesel engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission designed to accommodate the car’s higher torque.

2014-MY Jeep Cherokee with Tigershark Multi-Air I-4 engine
2014-MY Jeep Cherokee with Tigershark Multi-Air I-4 engine

Gasoline Models Growing More Fuel Efficient

For 2014, Chrysler is returning the Jeep Cherokee nameplate to its lineup. It features fuel-economy improvements of more than 45 percent (vs. the outgoing Liberty model, according to Chrysler) and more than 70 advanced safety and security features. Three new 4WD systems have been added, and fuel economy is up to 31 mpg due to the all-new 9-speed transmission, a first for SUVs, according to Chrysler. The 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir I-4 engine is standard, and it’s the first vehicle to offer Chrysler Group’s new 3.2L Pentastar V-6 engine (which offers a V-6 towing capability of 4,500 pounds).

2014-MY Chevrolet Impala featuring Ecotec 2.4L engine with eAssist
2014-MY Chevrolet Impala featuring Ecotec 2.4L engine with eAssist

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala will be offered with three engine choices, including two four-cylinder powertrains and a 3.6L V-6 engine available exclusively at its launch. Offered for this time on this vehicle, an EcoTec 2.4L engine with eAssist, available at the end of 2013, will provide an estimated 35 mpg of highway driving. Impala’s EcoTec 2.4L engine with eAssist provides electrical assist in certain conditions to help save fuel and is rated at 182 hp.

2014-MY Mercedez-Benz CLA-Class with ECO Stop/Start
2014-MY Mercedez-Benz CLA-Class with ECO Stop/Start

Mercedes-Benz USA is offering standard all-new ECO Stop/Start for added fuel economy of 26 mpg city/38 mpg highway on its 2014-MY Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. The four-door coupe achieves 208 hp on its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and available 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

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