NBB Technical Program Sparks GM 20 for B20 Announcement

By The National Biodiesel Board | August 16, 2017

General Motors made headlines during the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo when it announced eight new diesel vehicle options would be hitting the roadway this year, all approved for use with B20 biodiesel blends.

“This announcement is a cumulative effect of more than 20 years of testing and research led by the National Biodiesel Board on behalf of the entire industry,” said NBB Technical Director Scott Fenwick. “Without the support of the OEM community, there is no way our industry could have grown to what it is today. And support from OEMs wouldn’t exist without the extensive technical data we are able to develop as an industry.”

GM is taking bold steps to expand the U.S. diesel vehicle market beyond its traditional stronghold in full-size pickups. The automaker is  providing more options than ever before for customers to reap the benefits of fueling up with B20. With eight new diesel vehicle options hitting the roadways in the 2017-’18 model year, GM now offers a full line-up of 20 different diesel models, from passenger cars to pickups and SUVs, to commercial vans and low cab forward trucks—all of which are approved for use with B20.

“GM is a shining example of a company that is getting it right by continuing to invest in new technology diesel engines to meet consumer demands for powerful, clean and fuel-efficient vehicles capable of running on clean, renewable B20 biodiesel blends,” Fenwick said. “We applaud GM for its efforts, and look forward to partnering with the automaker in its continued support for biodiesel as its diesel vehicle product line continues to expand.”

NBB technical programs are funded through resources competitively sought by NBB outside of membership dues dollars. These ongoing efforts ensure biodiesel’s seamless use once it hits the marketplace and continue to answer questions from auto manufacturers on issues like stability, metals content, ASTM standards and more as diesel technology evolves.

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