According to the NTEA’s Fleet Purchasing Outlook study, biodiesel is now the most commonly used alternative fuel option on the market. Survey data shows 18% of fleets use biodiesel now, up from 15% in 2015. Biodiesel also came in first in the survey in terms of future interest.
“The evolution of alternative fuel technologies is still triggering change for vocational truck specifications,” said Doyle Sumrall, managing director of NTEA. “However, general interest has dropped in recent years due to persistently low oil costs and will likely remain muted until prices rebound. Despite current challenges facing the alternative fuels movement, fleet interest in biodiesel has remained strong, actually increasing in 2016 as compared to the previous year.”
The NTEA conducts a comprehensive Fleet Purchasing Outlook Survey to better understand the commercial vehicle landscape, including interest levels for advanced truck technologies and alternative fuels. The new survey results for 2016 were published in March and reflect positive trends for the use of biodiesel blends in the diesel vehicle technology of yesterday, today and tomorrow.