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Trucking Fleets Rank Biodiesel at the Top for Alternative Fuel Use

March 28, 2016 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Fleet Management, Fuel, News
Trucking Fleets Rank Biodiesel at the Top for Alternative Fuel Use

North America’s top fleets claim their No. 1 choice for greening their fleet operations is biodiesel, according to a new 2016 Fleet Purchasing Outlook study conducted by the Association for the Work Truck Industry (NTEA).

And, according to the National Biodiesel Board, biodiesel is now the most commonly used alternative fuel option on the market. The survey claims 18 percent of commercial vehicle fleets use biodiesel now — up from 15 percent last year. And in terms of future alternative fuel interest, biodiesel also takes top honors, with more fleets planning to acquire or continue using biodiesel than any other alternative fuel option.

Each December, NTEA conducts a comprehensive Fleet Purchasing Outlook Survey to better understand the commercial vehicle landscape, including interest levels for advanced truck technologies and alternative fuels. The new survey results for 2016 were published in March and reflect positive trends for the use of biodiesel blends in the diesel vehicle technology of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Spanning the United States and Canada, the 2016 Fleet Purchasing Outlook Survey respondents included a diverse pool of fleet professionals representing a broad range of fleet sizes, vehicle weight classes and vocational truck applications. From government and municipal fleets, to construction, delivery and utility sectors, to agriculture and private industry sectors — fleets from coast to coast are relying on the power and performance of biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuel, to get the job done.

Doyle Sumrall, managing director of NTEA, said, “The evolution of alternative fuel technologies is still triggering change for vocational truck specifications. However, general interest has dropped in recent years due to persistently low oil costs and will likely remain muted until prices rebound. Despite current challenges facing the alternative fuels movement, fleet interest in biodiesel has remained strong, actually increasing in 2016 as compared to the previous year.”

Made from an increasingly diverse mix of resources such as soybean oil, recycled cooking oil and animal fats, biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel replacement that can be used in existing diesel engines.

It is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the EPA’s definition as an Advanced Biofuel — meaning the EPA has determined that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent when compared with petroleum diesel. In the Gross Vehicle Weight Class 5-8 vehicles that account for 92 percent of on-road diesel / biodiesel fuel use, nearly 90 percent of the medium- and heavy-duty truck OEMs support the use of B20 biodiesel blends.

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