Biodiesel Gains Momentum in Trucking Industry

The trucking industry is increasingly turning to biodiesel as an American-made supplement to regular diesel fuel. Several pumps at truck stops nationwide carry B20, a mixture of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent diesel, due in large part to Willie Nelson’s biodiesel company.

In October 2005 Willie Nelson Biodiesel premiered the business off Highway 35 south of Dallas; in June 2005, he was on hand at filling station in Greer, South Carolina to announce the first truck stop on the Eastern Seaboard to offer biodiesel to truck drivers and other motorists. Company representatives say future plans include other truck stops carrying B20 along the east coast from Miami to Rochester. “National energy initiatives are helping to make biodiesel more cost competitive, and each day we hear about new truckers who are interested in biodiesel’s benefits. We always knew biodiesel would appeal to truckers, but in such a cost sensitive market we have been a little surprised by the recent outpouring of support, even when blends cost more,” said Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board.
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