The battle to be the most popular fuel for commercial trucks continues to rage between clean diesel and natural gas factions. An article on green.autoblog.com (December 27, 2012) reports that alternative-player bio diesel has joined forces with the DTF (diesel technology foundation) team. The NBB (National Biodiesel Board) has come to the forum to boost its product’s reputation at a time when natural gas is winning support.
The NBB is comprised of 260 bio diesel producers, all of whom are on a mission to bring this alternative fuel to the country as an additive to diesel – much like ethanol in E15 and E10 – and as its own fuel. Joining forces with the DTF will enable the industry to fight for ‘clean diesel’ technology.
For fleet-owners looking to purchase heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks, natural gas has become the preferred choice, due to cheaper pricing and domestic production. Consumers have been paying 30 to 40% less for natural gas as a fuel cost for the equivalent energy of diesel.
Makers of natural gas vehicles and natural gas providers are benefitting from recent booms in production that have brought the price of natural gas down. Producers say supplies will be abundant because of hydraulic fracturing (also called fracking) and shale drilling.
Fracking is an issue that is bound to come up in the debate over which fuel is the safest and cleanest way to go. Bio diesel advocates will certainly focus on it, along with the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency has implemented a 28% increase in the mandated amount of biodiesel in 2013 as part of the Renewable Fuels Act.