Biodiesel-Powered Vehicles Wrap and Roll

Cindy Zimmerman

New biodiesel-branded vehicles highlighting the renewable fuel’s sustainability and emissions reduction benefits are rolling along city streets and interstate highways from the nation’s capital, to Texas oil country, up the California coast and throughout the Midwest.

According to the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), eight biodiesel users received matching funds to share their biodiesel success stories with wraps, decals or other vehicle branding efforts. Biodiesel cuts carbon and other pollutant emissions substantially, reducing health impacts in many communities.

“NBB’s annual Vehicle Branding Program is a great way to increase awareness of biodiesel’s benefits as these vehicles log thousands of miles throughout the country,” said Kaleb Little, NBB director of communications. “This year’s winners are featuring NBB’s new tagline, “Better, Cleaner, Now” which tells the biodiesel story simply. Biodiesel is better and cleaner than petroleum diesel — with proven environmental, health and economic benefits – and is ready to use now.”

Among the winners is the D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) which branded 22 refuse trucks highlighting their use of 100 percent biodiesel (B100) in the nation’s capital. DPW installed a biodiesel engine upgrade developed by Optimus Technologies for medium and heavy-duty truck fleets which allows the use of B100. Since installing the system, DPW has reduced emissions by over 75 percent and lowered fuel costs. The rest of the DPW diesel fleet runs on B20.

On the other side of the country, Valley Pacific Petroleum, a California-based fuel marketer, wrapped two tanker trucks that deliver biodiesel throughout the state. Since 1947, Valley Pacific has been supplying high-quality fuels and lubricants in California. Today the family-owned company is one of the state’s largest fuel marketers and powers its own fleet with B20 as well.

Congratulations also to Michigan-based Ag Energy Transport; the City of Fort Wayne, Ind.; G&D Integrated transportation and logistics in Morton, Ill.; the City of Grand Forks, N.D.; Renewable Biofuels in Port Neches, Texas; and Evergreen Grease Services which collects used cooking oil from restaurants in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

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