Hino Trucks approves B20 for 2011-'12 model trucks

By Bryan Sims | July 14, 2011

Novi, Mich.-based Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, has approved the use of B20 in its complete product line of all 2011 and 2012 model year class 4 and 5 cab-over and class 6 and 7 conventional trucks powered exclusively with Hino’s proprietary J-Series engines.

According to Hino, the company’s trucks are approved to use B20 that contain biofuel blendstock (B100) compliant to ASTM D6751 and blended fuel compliant to ASTM D975. B20 biodiesel meeting these standards is also approved for use in Hino’s newly announced diesel-electric hybrid cab over due to enter the market later this fall.

“It is our strong commitment to design and assemble trucks that are at the forefront of environmental friendliness, and that help to reduce our overall dependency on foreign oils,” said Glenn Ellis, vice president of marketing and dealer operations for Hino, which offers the only class 6 and 7 conventional truck that meet stringent 2010 U.S. EPA emission requirements without the use of credits.

“By offering the class 4 and 5 market a diesel-electric hybrid cab-over that can us up to B20 biodiesel, our customers now have an option for a commercially acceptable alternative fuel truck,” Ellis added.

Hino trucks built prior to the 2011 model year are approved to use B5. Hino noted that all biodiesel used in its trucks must be purchased from a fuel handler licensed under BQ-9000. For information on qualified locations, visit www.BQ9000.org.

Hino assembles, sells and services Class 4 to 7 conventional and cab-over engine commercial trucks, boasting a network of over 160 dealers nationwide. 

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