Additional Diesel-Vehicle Options Mean More People Can Use Biodiesel

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Semi-Trucks and tractors aren’t the only vehicles taking advantage of the performance benefits of biodiesel. Well known vehicle manufacturers are, too.

A few years ago, the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council collaborated with Ford Motor Company to test the power and efficiency of 20-percent biodiesel blends. The test results of the fuel impressed Ford’s engineers enough to enable biodiesel in the F-250 pickups. This year, Chevrolet released the new biodiesel-friendly Cruze, which carries a warranty for up to a 20-percent blend of the advanced biofuel. The diesel Cruze is expected to get 42 miles to the gallon on the highway.

“Diesel engines by their very nature are 30 to 40 percent more fuel-efficient than a gasoline engine,” says Jennifer Weaver, the National Biodiesel Board’s original-equipment-manufacturer and outreach education specialist. “Folks are finding it’s a seamless transition for users to switch from petroleum diesel to biodiesel.”

More recently, 20-percent blends have been approved for use in 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 diesel pickups, and in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Biodiesel is the only domestically produced and commercially available fuel to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of an advanced biofuel. It provides one of the best carbon-reduction strategies available with today’s vehicle technologies. The soy checkoff supports research and promotion of biodiesel in order to increase demand for the fuel and the value of U.S. soy.