GREENSBORO, N.C. – Volvo Trucks North America announced Dec. 9 that it has approved the use of renewable diesel fuel for all its proprietary engines, becoming the first original equipment manufacturer to endorse the use of hydrocarbon renewable diesel fuel.
“Environmental care is a core value of Volvo Trucks, and we are pleased to offer our customers another alternative fuel choice,” said Frank Bio, director of sales development, specialty vehicles and alternative fuels for Volvo Trucks North America. “Availability of renewable diesel fuel is growing in California and throughout the country. Renewable diesel meets the same ASTM D975 standard for petroleum diesel, making it a true ‘drop in’ fuel.”
Renewable diesel fuel is a derivative of animal oils and fats called biomass feedstocks, and is made through a different process than conventional diesel, giving it a much lower cloud point, which improves the low temperature performance issues associated with traditional biodiesel.
Volvo Trucks said the use of renewable diesel offers improvements to environmental impacts, as it reduces particulate matter for pre-EPA 2010 engines, requires less maintenance costs compared to other alternative fuels and that there is no warranty risk using the renewable energy source to power any Volvo model equipped with a Volvo engine.