Carlsbad switches to renewable fuel for city trucks

Carlsbad switches to renewable fuel for city trucks
Some of the city of Carlsbad's vehicles, including fire engines, will be now be powered using Propel Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable) fuels. Courtesy photo

CARLSBAD — The city is injecting clean, renewable fuel for its diesel fleet including fire, dump and vacuum trucks, according to a press release.

Carlsbad has partnered with Propel, the largest retailer of low-carbon fuels in the state.

“The city of Carlsbad has shown strong leadership in sustainability and climate action. Propel is excited to help extend their vision to their fueling program,” said Rob Elam, CEO of Propel. “This is how smart fleets immediately reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in the communities they serve.”

According to Propel, the move improves local air quality and reduces the city’s fleet greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 percent at no additional fuel cost or modifications to their fleet. While produced from 100 percent renewable inputs, Diesel High Performance Renewable (HPR) meets the ASTM D-975 diesel specification for use in all diesel engines, providing a seamless transition to the fuel for the city’s diesel fleet vehicles.

Carlsbad is among the first city fleets in California to adopt low-carbon fuel renewable diesel fuel.

“Diesel HPR cleans the air we breathe and reduces the emissions from our city vehicles,” said Steve Hodges, management analyst for the city of Carlsbad Public Works and General Services. “Propel provides access to the top low-carbon fuel in the country, allowing us to share the health and emissions benefits with anyone living in or visiting Carlsbad.”

Renewable diesel outperforms petroleum in emissions, engine performance and value, providing cleaner and more efficient combustion, as well as significant reduction in harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) and fine particulate (PM 2.5) emissions. NOx and particulates are directly linked to air quality in California, negatively impacting children, people with lung diseases and driver health.

Propel is the largest retailer of low-carbon fuels in California, operating stations across the state, and providing commercial and bulk delivery for business and government fleets.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, renewable diesel’s high combustion quality results in similar or better vehicle performance compared to conventional diesel, while California Air Resources Board (ARB) studies show that renewable diesel can reach up to 80 percent greenhouse gas reduction compared to petroleum diesel.

Diesel HPR is produced by Neste and specially formulated and distributed by Propel. Refined from renewable biomass through Neste’s advanced NEXBTL hydrotreating technology, Neste Renewable Diesel meets the ASTM fuel quality standards required by automotive manufacturers, making it fully compatible with all modern diesel engines in cars, buses and trucks.


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