Survey predicts strong growth of biodiesel

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NEW YORK, N.Y. — According to a survey conducted recently by the industry newsletter AltFuels Advisor, natural gas, hybrid drives and biodiesel will lead the growth in alternative fuels this year.

For heavy-duty trucks and buses, the survey found that biodiesel will take over the lead from natural gas. Sixty-three per cent of participants said biodiesel will be their fuel of choice, compared to 38 per cent who chose natural gas. And, although hybrid technology is increasing for trucks and buses, survey participants didn’t predict any significant hybrid growth in 2003.

In the medium-duty truck and van category, the survey found that the historic leaders, natural gas and ethanol, are predicted to lead the way in growth this year. Thirty-three per cent of participants predicted these fuels would be used for medium-duty trucks and vans. As well, hybrid technology is expected to gain some ground for this segment.

The AltFuels Advisor also found that natural gas will continue to be the leader for shuttle and transit buses; and that hybrid drives will be popular in small commuter cars and full-size passenger vehicles.

The complete survey report is published in the January 2003 issue of AltFuels Advisor. It’s available at or by calling 1 800 232-4317.

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