Berlin, 8. August 2008 – from the end of the month, jeep dealers will be offering the special patriot eco+ model, which can be operated both conventionally with gasoline and with LPG (liquefied petroleum gas). Basis is a modified version of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 170 hp.
Mobile navigation on board
In addition to the normal gasoline tank, a 72-liter gas tank is installed in the spare wheel well. This adds the LPG tank’s capacity of around 740 kilometers to the range of around 590 kilometers in gasoline mode, giving a total of over 1300 kilometers. The driver can manually switch between gasoline and gas power. The system automatically detects the mixture of propane and butane in the tank – the mixing ratio of these two main components of LPG can vary. To help you find the next LPG station before you have to use gasoline, the patriot eco+ comes standard with the jeep edition of the tomtom XL traffic europe navigation system. More than 4000 gas stations in germany are stored in the mobile navigator – almost all of them. There are also many LPG stations in europe listed.
Payback possible in one year
With LPG you can save quite a bit on fuel costs. According to jeep, the gasoline version consumes 8.7 liters per 100 kilometers. The LPG consumption is higher at 9.8 liters per 100 kilometers, but this fuel is much cheaper. At a price of 0.70 euros per liter and an annual mileage of 15.000 kilometers results in fuel costs of 1029 euros for LPG operation. This will save around 900 euros per year compared with a normal gasoline engine at a gasoline price of 1.50 euros per liter.