Ames, IA, Madison, WI, and Washington DC: three cities that are no stranger to heavy snow and freezing cold, especially with the extreme low temperatures our country has been tackling, recently.
In an effort to test the viability of 100% biodiesel (B100) while reducing urban carbon emissions, those cities partnered with Optimus Technologies to keep their fleets going at an 89% runtime on B100, in temperatures as low as -17°F. Biodiesel is derived from organic materials like plant-based oils, animal fats and used cooking oil.
“By embracing biodiesel, we are taking proactive steps to mitigate the environmental impact of our heavy-duty fleet operations,” said Jason Nordt, fuel management officer of DC Department of Public Works, “It enables us to continue operating even in severe weather conditions like the one we are experiencing now, ensuring our communities’ safety from snow, garbage, and carbon emissions.”
“Our work in city government is important year-round but especially so during inclement winter weather events, when plowing and salting the streets becomes an urgent priority for our communities to function.” said Mahanth Joishy, fleet superintendent for the City of Madison, WI. “Using B100 affirms our dedication to domestic energy security and independence, supporting the local Wisconsin economy, and a greener and more sustainable urban environment for residents and future generations, all without compromising on our mission to serve the public during emergencies and at all times. B100 works for us in all seasons as it will for any fleet anywhere.”