Hino Trucks was honored at the National Biodiesel Conference in Florida last week, earning the National Biodiesel Board’s Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award for 2012.
Hino says it was nominated “for serving as a trailblazer among manufacturers as well as among hybrid truck manufacturers in supporting the use of B20 biodiesel blends.” Hino’s “Impact” stems from its status as the first manufacturer to support the use of B20 biodiesel blends in a hybrid-electric truck, as well as in its complete product line of Class 6 and 7 conventional trucks, said Hino marketing and dealer operations VP Glenn Ellis.
“By offering the class 5 market a diesel-electric hybrid cab over that can use up to B20 biodiesel, our customers now have an option for a commercially acceptable alternative fuel truck,” Ellis said in a release.
Hino Hybrid Now Promised for Late Summer
Hino also said in Orlando that the new hybrid is now slated for late summer 2012 availability. The firm’s COE 195h hybrid was unveiled at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis last year (F&F, March 14, 2011).
Also in Orlando, NBB reiterated its plea for Congress to reinstate the $1-per-gallon tax credit for biodiesel that expired at the end of 2011, and it stressed the fuel’s role in reducing oil imports and greenhouse gas emissions.
“The sustainable transportation fuel protects the continent’s energy security and augments the food supply of the entire world, while providing a positive impact on climate change,” NBB said.
“Biodiesel is the perfect example of liquid solar energy,” Kansas State University’s Richard Nelson said in an NBB summation.
“Burning these fuels does not add net carbon to the atmosphere, because we end up burning biomass that is already part of the biosphere’s biogenic carbon cycle.”
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