Biodiesel is the first and only EPA-designated advanced biofuel in commercial-scale production across the country and can be used in existing diesel engines without modification.
Biodiesel is produced from a broad range of renewable resources, including soybean oil, animal fats and recycled cooking grease. Biodiesel is then blended with petroleum diesel in varying ratios. At Westmore Fuel, we provide the following blends.
Biodiesel and conventional diesel vehicles are the same. Although light-, medium- and heavy-duty diesel vehicles are not technically alternative fuel vehicles, almost all are capable of running on biodiesel blends. The most common biodiesel blend is B20, This is because it represents a good balance of cost, emissions, cold-weather performance, materials compatibility and ability to act as a solvent.
Regulated fleets that use biodiesel blends of 20% or higher also qualify for biodiesel fuel use credits. B20 and lower-level blends (B2, B5 and B10) can be used in many diesel vehicles without any engine modification. All original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) approve the use of B5. However, it is important to check the OEM engine warranty to ensure that higher-level blends of this alternative fuel are approved, such as B20. Visit the National Biodiesel Board for information on OEM approvals of biodiesel use in vehicles.
Yes. Biodiesel raises the cetane number of the fuel and improves fuel lubricity. A higher cetane number means the engine is easier to start and reduces ignition delay. Diesel engines depend on the lubricity of the fuel to prevent moving parts from wearing prematurely. Improved lubricity reduces friction within the moving parts, avoiding additional wear. A primary advantage of biodiesel is that it can improve the lubricity of the fuel at blend levels as low as 1%.
Both fuels use the same principles of blending renewable biodiesel with petroleum But Bioheat® is an off-road fuel used to heat homes while biodiesel is an on-road engine fuel for vehicles.
Engines operating on B20 biodiesel have similar fuel consumption, horsepower and torque to engines running on 100% petroleum diesel. Many B20 users report no noticeable difference in performance or fuel economy. Biodiesel also has some emissions benefits, especially for engines manufactured before 2010. For engines equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, the air quality benefits are the same whether running on biodiesel or petroleum diesel.
However, biodiesel still offers greater greenhouse gas benefits than conventional diesel fuel. The emissions benefit is roughly commensurate with the blend level; that is, B20 would have 20% of the emissions reduction benefit of B100.
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Get a 20% savings on New York State fuel taxes. You’ll save 20% per gallon for using on-road B20 biodiesel. View the tax-credit form and instructions here.