Whether you have a fleet of 500 vehicles or five, reports, research, and the touted results from utilizing alternative-fueled vehicles has probably made its way onto a fleet manager’s radar in some form or another. Here is an overview of the current state of alternative fuels and their status in the fleet industry.
Biodiesel’s physical properties are similar to those of petroleum diesel, but is a cleaner-burning alternative. Using biodiesel in place of petroleum diesel, especially in older vehicles, can reduce emissions, according to the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC).
Biodiesel blends are being used by a wide variety of industries, including fleets and general consumers, because the fuel offers an easy, low-cost option to instantly “green” their fleets, according to Jennifer Weaver, OEM outreach & education specialist for the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). The NBB is a national trade association representing America’s first advanced biofuel.
“Because biodiesel blends can be used in any diesel engine without modification, fleets don’t have to make heavy investments in new vehicles, equipment, or fueling infrastructure, like they do with some other alternative-fuel options,” Weaver said. “This provides users with an overall low total cost of ownership with a biodiesel-powered fleet.”
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