Trucking Giant Revs Up Biodiesel

Posted Mark Sutton Industry News

8 February, 2016

Global trucking heavyweight PACCAR recently expanded its range of B20 compatible engines to more than 100,000 additional vehicles. The move creates the potential for a further 12 billion trucking miles each year to be covered on cleaner, greener fuel, and brings to almost 1 million the number of PACCAR medium and heavy-duty trucks approved for B20.

PACCAR’s diesel engines operate under the Peterbilt and Kenworth nameplates, the latter of which is very well known to Australian road users. Specifically, the new PACCAR MX-11 engine – which became available from January 2016 – and all model years of its MX-13 engine, both new and old, now have the tick to use B20 biodiesel blends.

The initiative has drawn praise from biofuel advocates who have hailed it as a sign of confidence in the industry. It recently earned PACCAR the Eye on Biodiesel ‘Initiative Award’ at the Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase event at the 2016 US National Biodiesel Conference.

Delivering the award, US National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe said,“PACCAR’s support underlines that biodiesel is the single best carbon mitigation strategy out there; with widespread support across all diesel applications, we are perfectly positioned to deliver even more cleaner burning biodiesel into the marketplace.

PACCAR’s assistant vice president Landon Sproull said,“PACCAR designs and builds the most durable, fuel-efficient and highest quality heavy-duty truck engines in the world, and PACCAR engines perform well using a variety of fuel sources. Increasing our support level from B5 to B20 biodiesel blends provides more choice and value to PACCAR’s customers.”

It is not the first time PACCAR has been at the forefront of industry innovation. Way back in 1933, Kenworth became the first truck manufacturer to install diesel engines as standard equipment, a major development at the the time.

In further innovation news from another global leader in its field, ExxonMobil has announced an agreement with Renewable Energy Group to study the production of biodiesel by fermenting renewable cellulosic sugars from non-food sources such as agricultural waste.

Environmental Leader reports that through the research, the two companies will address the challenge of how to ferment real-world renewable cellulosic sugars, which contain multiple types of sugars including glucose and xylose; they will also study impurities that can inhibit fermentation.

Exxon Mobil VP of Research and Development Vijay Swarup said, “We hope to identify new affordable and reliable supplies of energy for the world that do not have a major impact on food supplies. As we research renewable energy supplies, we are exploring future energy options with a reduced environmental impact.”

More detailed information on PACCAR push into B20 can be found at Biodiesel Magazine: