Biodiesel-Powered Vehicles Wrap and Roll

Newly branded vehicles highlighting biodiesel’s sustainability and emissions reduction benefits are rolling along city streets and interstate highways in Washington, D.C., Texas oil country, the California coast and throughout the Midwest.

The National Biodiesel Board announced that eight biodiesel users from across the country 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 said.

“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. The wraps and decals feature NBB’s new tagline, “Better, Cleaner, Now.” Kaleb said, “Biodiesel is better and cleaner than petroleum diesel — with proven environmental, health and economic benefits – and is ready to use now.”

Eight biodiesel users received matching funds in 2020.

Ag Energy Transport is delivering feedstock to biodiesel producers while powering its own fleet with biodiesel. The company decaled 12 tanker trailers with NBB’s logo as well those of fuel supplier W2 Fuels and customer HERO BX. The Michigan-based company travels approximately one million miles per year throughout states from east of the Mississippi River to the East Coast.

D.C. Department of Public Works branded 22 refuse trucks highlighting their use of 100% biodiesel (B100). 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% and lowered fuel costs, the NBB said. The rest of the DPW diesel fleet runs on B20.  

City of Fort Wayne, Ind. stickered its fleet of more than 550 diesel vehicles and equipment — including dump trucks and construction equipment — with biodiesel branding. The city has used B20 since 2004, NBB said.

G&D Integrated, a specialized provider of transportation and logistics services based in Morton, Ill., and an inaugural member of the Illinois B20 Club, wrapped three van trailers. G&D operates more than 400 vehicles on blends up to B20 year-round. Their fleet travels millions of miles across the Midwest each year, including to Chicago, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, the Quad Cities, and St. Louis.    

City of Grand Forks, N.D., switched to B20 in Cities Area Transit (CAT) buses in the summer of 2020. The city is sharing this news with a full wrap on one bus as well as additional biodiesel branding on the back of three other buses and in bus interiors. The total reach of these four buses is over 80,000 miles. The North Dakota Soybean Council is a partner in the branding efforts.

Renewable Biofuels owns and operates a BQ9000-certified, multi-feedstock Port Neches, Texas facility – the largest biodiesel production facility in North America. RBF has been serving wholesale biodiesel customers for more than 10 years. The company’s fully wrapped Dodge RAM 2500 travels in and around the biodiesel production facility in the heart of Texas oil 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 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.

Evergreen Grease Services collects used cooking oil from restaurants in Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio which is used to make biodiesel. The Michigan-based company branded six biodiesel-powered vacuum trailers with the “Better, Cleaner, Now” message and highlights its use of B20. Made from ingredients such as recycled cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats, biodiesel and renewable diesel are available for use in existing diesel engines without modification, said the NBB, a trade association representing the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries.

The NBB, based in Jefferson City, Missouri, is funded in part by the United Soybean Board and state soybean board checkoff programs. For more about biodiesel, visit www.biodiesel.org.

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