Attendees at the 2012 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Orlando this week were witness to history in the making as Paul Teutul, Sr., the iconic founder of New York’s custom motorcycle shop Orange County Choppers, rumbled into the expo hall of the Gaylord Palms convention center astride his newest “American Chopper”, fueled by America’s Advanced Biofuel® – clean, domestically produced biodiesel.
CIMA Green, a New Jersey based physical energy commodity trading company, partnered with Paul Sr. and Orange County Choppers to create a high performance motorcycle with the capability to run on a B20 (20 percent biodiesel / 80 percent petroleum diesel) fuel blend. The motorcycle will be featured on an upcoming episode of the hit Discovery Channel show American Chopper in March, followed by appearances at a number of other events throughout the year to showcase the power and performance of biodiesel in this custom-built bike with production-scale aspirations.
Brent Hajek, an Oklahoma soybean farmer and owner of Hajek Motorsports, took the stage to showcase his land speed record-setting Ford F250 Super Duty pickup. Brent and his truck set two new land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah last summer: first achieving a record speed of 171.123 mph running on regular diesel, and then smashing the previous record for a B20 powered vehicle by clocking an amazing 182 mph on the biodiesel blend. Hajek set out to prove that B20 isn’t only cleaner and greener, but it has the ability to perform better than petroleum diesel even under the most demanding conditions. Or as Brent likes to say, “Just because it’s ‘green’ doesn’t mean it’s slow!”
Representatives from NASA and Florida Power & Light were also on-hand to tout how some of the greenest fleets in Florida depend on B20 biodiesel blends to get the job done in vehicles such as NASA’s H1 Hummer and FP&L’s bucket truck from International. Ford Motor Company also showcased its brand-new 2012 Ford F250 Super Duty pickup – the workhorse for America’s fleets. All of Ford’s 2011 and forward model Super Duty diesel trucks have been approved for use with B20 biodiesel blends.
Rounding out the display were three vehicles demonstrating the promise and benefits of using biodiesel in diesel-electric hybrid vehicles. Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, featured its groundbreaking new 2012 Hino 195h medium-duty truck, one of the first hybrid trucks approved for use with B20 biodiesel blends. Meanwhile a team of engineers from the non-profit group BDCOTSRUS revealed their Progressive Automotive X-Prize contender – a Diesel Electric eXperimental Vehicle (DEX-V) built from commercial off-the-shelf parts and capable of reaching speeds higher than 90 mph while achieving fuel economy of greater than 100 miles per gallon operating on B20 or higher biodiesel blends. And finally, the future of biodiesel took on a luxurious look as CIMA Green presented its next major biodiesel project – the awe-inspiring Fisker Karma hybrid electric sports car, due for a diesel-electric option later this year.
National Biodiesel Board Technical Director Steve Howell summed up the event by saying, “Never before have we seen such an exciting and diverse collection of biodiesel-powered vehicles available for fleets and consumers who want maximum performance while maintaining minimum impact on the environment. And the fact that all of the diesel vehicles showcased here today are now approved for use with B20 biodiesel blends is a testament to the great advances in high quality fuel production made by the biodiesel industry over the past several years. We are excited to see what promise the future will hold for biodiesel and the next generation of diesel vehicles.”
Source: National Biodiesel Board