Biodiesel motorcycle drives attention to NBB education efforts

By NBB | May 01, 2012

The National Biodiesel Board works to educate a multitude of audiences on the benefits of biodiesel, and NBB now has a new tool to drive education efforts for America’s advanced biofuel. NBB member CIMA Green partnered with Paul Teutel Sr. and Orange County Choppers to craft a high-performance diesel motorcycle that they donated to NBB as a promotional resource.

The motorcycle has already raised the attention level for biodiesel over a broad audience since it was unveiled at the National Biodiesel Conference in February. It has become a part of NBB’s promotional efforts at events like the Commodity Classic, the Mid-America Trucking Show, and the Atlantic Region Energy Expo. It also appeared in two episodes of the Discovery Channel show American Choppers that included its unveiling at the biodiesel conference.

“Clean burning, renewable biodiesel is at work right now in diesel engines all over the country,” said Jessica Robinson, National Biodiesel Board Director of Communications. “A diesel motorcycle is a unique way to showcase biodiesel’s diversity to a broad audience.”

Efforts in the first three months have been successful, and additional trade show appearances have been set for the bike including: May 14-17 at ACT Expo-Long Beach, Calif.; Aug. 28-Sept. 3 at Farm Progress Show-Boone, Iowa; Oct. 2-3 at Green Fleet Conference-Schaumburg, Ill., and others. 

“People are drawn to the motorcycle, and it gives us an opportunity to talk to them about the advantages of biodiesel,” said Robinson. “Whether they are in the petroleum industry, agriculture, trucking, or just the general public, this has been an opportunity to put biodiesel top-of-mind and get people thinking about alternative energy.”

The motorcycle is powered by a three-cylinder, liquid-cooled, Briggs and Stratton 590000 turbo diesel. It weighs in at 675 pounds and is 96 inches long.

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