The finest fuel for fleets
THE BIODIESEL FLEET ADVANTAGE
From the state’s economic incentives to better engine performance and cleaner air, today’s biodiesel offers business benefits that can offer fleets of all sizes true bottom-line advantages. If you are not yet using a biodiesel blend or are considering increasing the biodiesel blend you already use, this guide can help you start doing better business with biodiesel.
BETTER FOR YOUR BOTTOM LINE
Currently, Illinois offers a full exemption for the state's sales tax for biodiesel blends over 10%, allowing taxable fleets to reduce overhead costs and add dollars to their bottom line. Thanks to this incentive, biodiesel blends of up to B20 (20% biodiesel/80% petroleum diesel) are commonly sold at Illinois retail stations.
Regulated fleets that use B20 or higher also qualify for biodiesel fuel use credits under the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPACT).
BETTER FOR YOUR FLEET
Today’s biodiesel is a reliable, efficient, high-performance fuel that works in any diesel engine without modifications up to B20. Due to its superior lubricity, biodiesel reduces engine wear and contains higher cetane for quicker starts and reduced black and white smoke.
Trucks fueled with biodiesel have traveled billions of miles with no weather-related performance issues, including in sub-zero temperatures.
Biodiesel produces less particulate matter during operation and has a higher cetane number than standard diesel, allowing for maximum fuel efficiency and performance.
Biodiesel is compatible with virtually any diesel engine, without the need for modification, and is compatible with standard fueling equipment. Think of it as a “drop-in” fuel.
BETTER FOR YOUR DRIVERS
Biodiesel blends can reduce emissions from diesel vehicles and equipment, including particulate matter and harmful criteria pollutants, reducing the risk of exacerbating asthma, cardiovascular disease and other respiratory diseases. Biodiesel has also helped to virtually eliminate what drivers call “cabin headache” – a headache brought on by exposure to excessive levels of diesel pollutants produced by pre-2007 diesel engines.
BETTER FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
Biodiesel is labeled a Clean Air Choice® by the American Lung Association for its significantly reduced emissions of particulate matter and other harmful criteria pollutants. Biodiesel is also designated as an advanced biofuel under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for providing a minimum lifecycle carbon reduction of 50 percent when compared to petroleum diesel fuel.
A breath of fresh air
Biodiesel helps reduce the risk of asthma and other respiratory diseases. According to recent data, communities where biodiesel is regularly used have saved an estimated $1.2 million by reducing hospitalizations, lost workdays and other health costs.
A smaller footprint
Compared with regular diesel fuel, biodiesel generates 78.5 percent fewer CO2 emissions from production and use. Biodiesel also contributes to a sustainable environment, generating 5.54 units of renewable energy for every unit of fossil energy used to produce it.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Senior Manager, Clean Air Initiatives
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION
Bailey Arnold coordinates all B20 Club support and outreach activities. Bailey joined American Lung Association in 2015 and has more than five years of experience in the health and sustainability fields. He is passionate about urban sustainability and the environment.