Isuzu commercial trucks now powered by B20

By NBB | July 15, 2011

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. is the newest original equipment manufacturer to support B20. Isuzu recently announced that all of its new 2011 and forward model year diesel engines, including its four popular N-Series truck models and the new Isuzu Reach commercial van, are compatible with B20.

Isuzu’s B20 announcement marks the first Asian manufacturer to approve B20 in its U.S. market spec engines, and it commands an impressive 73  to 75 percent market share of the low cab-forward, medium-duty truck market in the U.S. 

According to Brian Tabel, Isuzu commercial truck’s retail marketing manager, Isuzu’s announcement of B20 support came as the result of three key factors:  growing consumer demand for the fuel, an extensive B20 research project by Isuzu engineers in the U.S. and Japan, and improved U.S. biodiesel fuel quality. He specifically noted the industry’s efforts to secure a specification for B6 to B20 biodiesel blends, ASTM D7467, as a contributing factor to OEM acceptance.

Tabel added, “In looking for ways to lessen our environmental footprint while also improving fuel economy, we realized that our customers can much more easily afford a high fuel-efficiency, B20-compatible diesel vehicle running on biodiesel blends than some of the very expensive hybrid vehicles out there.  Biodiesel just makes sense.”

Now more than 60 percent of manufacturers in the U.S. market approve the use of B20 or higher blends in at least some of their equipment.  Much of that progress is attributable to the efforts of NBB’s OEM Outreach & Education Program, led by NBB Technical Director Steve Howell. During NBB’s June membership meeting, Howell was presented with a “B20 Vision Award” plaque and recognized by the NBB Governing Board for his outstanding efforts to foster OEM support for B20 biodiesel blends.

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