According to the National Trucking Equipment Association’s (NTEA) latest Fleet Purchasing Outlook Survey (released in conjunction with WTW21 in March 2021), biodiesel ranked as the number one choice for current alternative fuels use among trucking fleet respondents for the fourth year in a row. With more fleets poised to focus on replacement over expansion in 2021, following a peak in the purchasing cycle in 2018-2019, there is no better time to make the switch to biodiesel.

There are several reasons biodiesel presents as an attractive alternative fuels option for diesel fleet upgrades or replacements. In addition to helping fleets reduce their carbon footprint and provide cleaner air to the communities in which they operate, biodiesel can be considered a “drop-in” solution that works in standard diesel engines without any additional upfit costs. And while biodiesel powers vehicles and equipment across the country with success in all kinds of weather and operating conditions, the warm weather months of Spring and Summer are particularly appealing for introducing biodiesel to your vehicles.  

As Andrew Conley, Chief Program Officer at Clean Fuels Ohio, put it, “Using high-performing biodiesel fuel in blends from B5 (5%) to B20 (20%) is a ‘drop-in’ win to improve fleet environmental performance without need for vehicle conversion or new infrastructure.” Continued Conley, “Biodiesel is better for engines by adding lubricity, and better for the environment by reducing carbon and tailpipe pollution. Through Ohio companies like Benchmark Biodiesel, which has a contract on the state term schedule, the cost is the same as regular diesel, so there’s every reason to switch.” 

If your fleet is interested in biodiesel, Clean Fuels Ohio has strong partnerships with fleets who have successfully used biodiesel for years in a wide range of vehicle types and service cycles. We are happy to provide connections to facilitate peer information sharing. Clean Fuels Ohio also has strong partnerships with statewide biodiesel blenders, distributors, and retailers to connect interested fleets to the highest quality biodiesel at the best price. This includes vendors like Benchmark Biodiesel with contracts guaranteeing B20 Biodiesel blends at or below the cost of conventional diesel.

For more information on biodiesel, contact Andrew Conley, Clean Fuels Ohio Chief Program Officer (614-884-7336, ext. 306) or Page Thorson, Benchmark Biodiesel CEO (614-272-6200) or visit