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GATS News: Biodiesel fuel stops integrated with mapping software

DALLAS, Tex. -- Truckers will now have the ability to use their laptops or any computer to find truck-accessible bi...

DALLAS, Tex. — Truckers will now have the ability to use their laptops or any computer to find truck-accessible biodiesel fueling sites along their planned routes.

At the Great American Truck Show (GATS) in Dallas, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and ProMiles announced the availability of biodiesel locations in ProMiles XF, the commercial vehicle/truck routing and mileage software for professional drivers and fleets.

The NBB, ProMiles, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) are working together to produce a continuously updated and accurate list of truck accessible biodiesel locations to be included in mapping software.

This first set of locations is now incorporated into ProMiles XF software and available for truckers.

We are really excited to have biodiesel locations available for our customers, said Chris Lee, marketing director for ProMiles. They have been asking for this and once again, we are delivering.

ProMiles XF software is available on CD and features address-to-address truck routing. Truck accessible fueling locations are clearly marked for pre-route planning or on-the-road searches, without the need for Internet access.

Now, truck accessible fueling locations that carry biodiesel can be found, along with information including the blend, such as B20 (20% biodiesel and 80% petro-diesel), hours of operation, and other pertinent information.

The first release of software includes a subset of truck accessible biodiesel locations out of the nearly 600 that are identified on the NBBs trucking Web site,

ProMiles is the first mapping software company to approach us about showing biodiesel locations in its mapping software, said Tom Verry, director of outreach and development with NBB. They are pioneers in the industry and are looking to keep current with what their customers are demanding.

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