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Diesel engines are offered in several of the latest full-size pickup models, but only in heavy-duty, 3-quarter-ton and 1-ton versions. For 2014, Ram will be the first to offer a diesel in a light-duty pickup later this year when the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel arrives in dealer showrooms. The new diesel pickup will use the same 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 already fitted to the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel utility vehicle. The turbodiesel V-6 will power the truck through a new eight-speed automatic transmission that is already fitted to most other Ram 1500 models.

As for fuel economy, according to cars.com, the automaker expects the diesel pickup to achieve best-in-class fuel economy and torque. Ram expects that the EcoDiesel will offer better efficiency and range than the gasoline V6-powered 1500 and it already boasts the best-in-class highway fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon. Other fuel-saving elements of the Ram 1500 line will include active grille shutters, engine stop-start technology, and aerodynamic panels underneath the truck that give it what is said to be the lowest coefficient of drag among all full-size pickup trucks.

You should also expect to see what you already love about the Ram 1500, including Regular, Quad and Crew Cab sizes, along with safety equipment that includes side thorax airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, as well as electronic traction and stability control, trailer sway control, hill-start assist and automatic reverse pinch protection on the windows and sunroof. These features can be seen in the 2013 Ram 1500 at your local Las Vegas Ram dealer.

If that isn’t enough, for 2014, the Ram 1500 will offer a front park assist system, a first time offering on a full-size Ram pickup truck. The system uses four sensors located on the front bumper. The system can detect objects as far away as 47.2 inches. The Ram 1500 can also be equipped with a 7-inch multi-information screen that displays data in both text and graph form covering everything from digital speed readout to specific vehicle status information such as fuel economy, trailer towing information, outside temperature and trip data.

One thing you can be sure of is the EcoDiesel Ram 1500 will certainly get the job done while saving you money over the long haul. Stop by Chapman Dodge for more information.

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With gasoline prices approaching $4 per gallon, more and more drivers are considering purchasing vehicles that use alternative fuels. If you are looking for dramatic savings at the pump, you should consider stopping by Chrysler Las Vegas and check out one of the most popular alternative fuel options: Natural gas. But is a natural gas vehicle better than an electric? One way to analyze electric versus natural gas vehicles is to compare their relative costs, especially how much you will save on fuel.

Electric prices can widely vary depending on region and specific utility rate plans, but the national average is about $0.11 per kilowatt-hour. Most modern electric vehicles officially average a little more than 3 miles per kilowatt-hour. So, the average per-mile cost of driving an EV is around $0.03 or $0.04 per mile.

According to Forbes, assuming that gasoline costs $3.50 per gallon and you’re driving an internal combustion sedan that gets 31 mpg, the cost per mile for that gasoline car comes out to about $0.11 per mile. Compressed natural gas currently averages about $2.10 per gallon, so a CNG-fueled sedan getting 31 mpg costs about $0.07 per mile to fuel. Therefore, the per-mile cost of driving a CNG vehicle is about 40 percent cheaper than driving a comparable gasoline car.

Another thing to keep in mind is fuel availability. Electric car drivers commonly install home charging equipment, which adds $1,000 or more to the upfront cost, but makes it very convenient to charge every night. CNG drivers usually rely on public refueling. There are only about 1,000 CNG station nationwide, while public EV charging locations now number more than 9,000, according to Edmunds. Public EV charging is also growing at an impressive rate. However, very few of those EV chargers are capable of quick charging an EV in about 20 to 30 minutes. CNG cars can be refueled in about the same amount of time that it takes to refuel with gasoline.

There are pros and cons to both CNG and Electric vehicles. If you are in the market for a Chrysler, expect to see a lot of CNG vehicles in the future. For more information visit Chapman Chrysler Las Vegas.