New Holland becomes first equipment maker to fully approve B20

By | July 01, 2006
Ed Hegland, a soybean grower in Appleton, Minn., has waited for this news for years. The maker of his tractor, New Holland, has approved the use of B20 in all of its equipment using New Holland engines. It is the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to announce full support of B20 in all of the diesel engines that it produces.

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) applauded New Holland's decision. "I am elated that New Holland has taken this step to show support for biodiesel, a farmer-grown fuel," Hegland, an NBB director, said. "Their customers asked for it, and they listened. I truly hope others will follow suit soon."

Dennis Recker, vice president of New Holland Agricultural Business in North America, voiced his support for the renewable fuel. "Biodiesel is the future," he said. "As the availability of fossil fuels becomes a greater problem, we need to look at alternatives. But they must also be cleaner, environmentally friendly alternatives. New Holland is renowned for its innovation and forward-thinking approach, and we are committed to bringing our customers the latest technology and the benefits [that come with it]."

The NBB's close work with New Holland and other OEMs was instrumental to the company's decision to support B20. During the past several years, the NBB and the diesel engine, fuel injection and vehicle companies have engaged in extensive biodiesel research and testing programs to develop an informed, fact-based position on the use of up to a 20 percent biodiesel blend in diesel applications in the United States. Results can be found at The effort was based on actual fleet experience with B20 in the commercial marketplace.

In addition, the NBB and all the major vehicle, engine and fuel injection companies are engaged in a research program for new diesel technology. The program tests B20 and lower blends in the advanced diesel-engine platforms mandated by the U.S. EPA, starting with 2007 model year vehicles.

All major OEMs support B5 and lower blends, provided they are made with biodiesel meeting ASTM D 6751. A growing number are recommending the use of fuel from BQ-9000 companies. BQ-9000 is the NBB's biodiesel industry quality program.

New Holland has a track record of biodiesel support. In 2003, New Holland was the first large farm equipment company to join the Biodiesel Alliance that connects the widespread support base for biodiesel. The Biodiesel Alliance includes agricultural and health groups, as well as businesses. New Holland also awarded use of its tractors to the nation's two top recruiters of the Biodiesel Alliance.
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