During a ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the National Biodiesel Conference in Orlando, Fla., Hino Trucks was recognized by the National Biodiesel Board with the 2012 “Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award.” Hino Trucks was honored in the “Impact” category by becoming the first manufacturer to support the use of B20 biodiesel blends in a hybrid-electric truck, as well as in its complete product line of Class 6 and 7 conventional trucks.
The “I-Awards” represent the biodiesel industry’s top honors and are bestowed upon companies, groups or individuals who have helped support biodiesel, fostering understanding, mentoring others and encouraging broader use. Hino Trucks was
nominated for an award this year for serving as a trailblazer among manufacturers as well as among hybrid truck manufacturers in supporting the use of B20 biodiesel blends.
“Biodiesel, America’s advanced biofuel, would not be what it is today without champions and supporters like the Eye on Biodiesel honorees,” says Joe Jobe, NBB chief executive officer. “We are proud to recognize these leaders from all facets of the biodiesel industry.”
All 2011 and later model conventional trucks powered exclusively with Hino’s proprietary J-Series engines are approved to use B20 biodiesel blends that contain biofuel blend stock (B100) compliant to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D6751, and blended fuel compliant to ASTM D975. B20 biodiesel meeting these standards also is approved for use in Hino’s newly announced diesel and diesel-electric hybrid cabovers due to enter the market late this summer.
“It is our strong commitment to design and assemble trucks that are at the forefront of environmental friendliness and that help to reduce our overall dependency on foreign oils,” says Glenn Ellis, vice president of marketing and dealer operations for Hino Trucks. “By offering the Class 5 market a diesel-electric hybrid cabover that can use up to B20 biodiesel, our customers now have an option for a commercially acceptable alternative fuel truck.”