As motorists increasingly demand biodiesel, a new toll-free number will help them find this homegrown fuel anywhere in the United States. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) recently announced the launch of 866-BIODIESEL at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS). The Biodiesel Hotline will be staffed twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
The Biodiesel Hotline staff uses mapping software linked to a database that is populated and kept up to date with retail outlets carrying biodiesel. Information including truck accessibility and blend percentages of biodiesel to petro-diesel is available.
Truckers praised the Biodiesel Hotline as a tool that will help them get information in a way that is the most practical to them by cell phone.
“I use biodiesel as often as possible in my Volvo 770,” said Michael Frybarger, an independent trucker from Maryland. “This new telephone number will help me find truck stops that carry biodiesel no matter where I’m driving across the country.”
With more focus on energy security, many truckers are looking for a biodiesel blend to use in their trucks. Based on a recent survey, truckers say that reduced dependence on foreign oil and support for U.S. farmers are two of the most important reasons to use biodiesel. Many truckers also said that biodiesel reduces wear and tear through increased lubricity and improves engine performance.
Truckers know about biodiesel, so the most asked question is “Where can I find it?” The Biodiesel Hotline will benefit all drivers of diesel vehicles, including cars and pickup trucks, since gas stations carrying biodiesel for all types of vehicles can now be located through this hotline.
Retail pumps also can be found under the “Buying Biodiesel” section of www.biodiesel.org, and those that are truck accessible are currently searchable on www.BioTrucker.com, but often truckers do not have access to the Internet.
Biodiesel is a renewable diesel fuel that is made from domestic resources such as soybean oil or other domestic fats and vegetable oils. It can be used in any diesel engine with few or no modifications and can be blended with petroleum diesel at any level. Biodiesel significantly cuts harmful environmental emissions. Today, more than six hundred major fleets use biodiesel commercially, and more than eight hundred retail filling stations make it available to the public.