Biodiesel Drives the Work Truck Industry

April 1, 2019

As the future of the transportation industry continues to evolve, one thing remains the same – work still needs to get done, and multiple studies show that fleets across the country are increasingly relying on the power and performance of biodiesel to get the job done in their existing and new diesel vehicles. For the third time in four years, surveyed fleets named biodiesel as their top alternative fuel choice both for current use and future interest.

Each year, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry – conducts a comprehensive Fleet Purchasing Outlook Survey of fleet professionals across the United States and Canada, in order to give the entire work truck industry perspective on anticipated purchasing intent and areas of greatest interest to fleet managers. This year, survey participants named biodiesel as their top alternative fuel choice as well as their top choice for future interest.

Fleets like the Chicago Park District have already realized significant benefits from using biodiesel blends in their operations.

“Since we began our biodiesel program, the health impacts of Chicago’s park maintenance operations have been greatly improved for park visitors and staff,” said Pete Probst, a contractor for the Chicago Park District Biodiesel Program. “The annual reductions in our CO2 emissions by using biodiesel are equivalent to planting over 1,709 trees per year, and biodiesel truly offers us a ‘low-hanging fruit’ option that has been both easy to implement and cost-effective.”

Diesel engines will be used across the country for years to come, and biodiesel will continue to be the top choice for filling up with a clean, green fuel.

Credit: April 1, 2019 Biodiesel Bulletin, A monthly publication of the National Biodiesel Board