New Diesel HPR in Bulk for Commercial and Government Fleets Statewide
As Renewable Diesel Sales Are Extended to 13 Southern California Outlets
Propel Fuels is now pumping Neste NEXBTL-based, Diesel HPR brand renewable diesel at 13 of its sales outlets in Los Angeles, San Diego and the Inland Empire around San Bernardino – and is offering the sulfur-free fuel in bulk to business and government fleets statewide.
The fuel can be used as a 100% drop-in replacement for conventional diesel with significant greenhouse gas benefits, as well as better performance, Propel says.
“Drivers across Southern California can now experience the power, performance and value of Diesel HPR, while making a positive impact on the air quality of the region,” Propel CEO Rob Elam said in a release. “Any diesel vehicle can fill with Diesel HPR since it meets the ASTM D-975 quality standard for petroleum diesel.”
A 300% Volume Gain
Propel delivers the new Diesel HPR in bulk to businesses and agencies. The product is bundled with Propel’s CleanDrive emissions accounting software, “allowing fleets to easily quantify and report GHG reductions and air quality benefits.”
Propel earlier this year introduced the NEXBTL-based fuel in Northern California (F&F, March 18).
“In HPR’s first three months of sales, Propel has seen a 300% increase in gallons sold compared to its former biodiesel product (B20),” states a release.
The 13 Southern California markets include
- Los Angeles/Orange County: Fullerton, Harbor City, La Mirada, Lakewood, Norwalk, Torrance and Wilmington;
- San Diego: Chula Vista and Kearny Mesa; and
- Inland Empire: Arcadia, Claremont, Hemet and Ontario.
Neste produces NEXBTL renewable diesel for the California market from renewable feeds including fish and animal fats at its refinery in Singapore, which was completed in 2010 at a cost of some 550 million euros ($638 million U.S. at current rates).
The product carries California Air Resources Board carbon intensity number of just 33.36 (when made from Australian tallow), compared with 98 for conventional petroleum diesel.
Neste also produces NEXBTL at a refinery in Rotterdam and at two smaller facilities in Finland, where the process was developed.
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Source: Propel Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up