Bio Diesel Alternative - Motor Coaches
The use of Bio-Diesel reduces greenhouse gases and air pollutants. Biodiesel is a safe, renewable fuel processed from plant based oils and operates in unmodified diesel equipment. Bio-Diesel provides dramatic reductions of these emissions which makes our air cleaner to breath. Because Bio-Diesel is a renewable fuel source, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions which helps address climate change.
CVS Tours has been using Bio-Diesel since day one (8 years now) and we are proud to say we have been an innovator in the use of Bio-fuels. We were the first major bus Company on Vancouver Island to move to B50-50 Bio-Diesel, and in May 2008, upgraded to B100-100 percent bio-fuel. With our modern fleet many of our coaches have diesel particulate filters that no longer work with Bio-fuel at B10 and above. We continue to believe in bio-fuels, however as engine technology progresses we have been unable to maintain the high percentage of bio-fuels that we did until the Spring of 2014.
Our suppliers warrant that the fuel we use meets the ASTM D6751 standards set for fuel quality. Common feedstocks for our Bio-Diesel include Soybean oil and Canola oil. Use of Bio-Diesel reduces Carbon Dioxide, unburned Hydrocarbons (smog and ozone), Carbon Monoxide, Particulate Matter, Sulphur emissions, and Nitrated PAH ’s. Bio-Diesel is 10X less toxic then common table salt. Bio-Diesel bio-degrades about four (4) times faster than petroleum diesel.
Biodiesel refers to a non-petroleum-based diesel fuel consisting of short chain alkyl (methyl or ethyl) esters, typically made by transesterification of vegetable oils or animal fats, which can be used (alone, or blended with conventional petrodiesel) in unmodified diesel-engine vehicles.
Biodiesel is distinguished from the straight vegetable oil (SVO) (aka "waste vegetable oil", "WVO", "unwashed biodiesel", "pure plant oil", "PPO") used (alone, or blended) as fuels in some converted diesel vehicles.
"Biodiesel" is standardized as methyl ester and other non-diesel fuels of biological origin are not included.
Blends of biodiesel and conventional hydrocarbon based diesel are products most commonly distributed for use in the retail diesel fuel marketplace.
Much of the world uses a system known as the "B" factor to state the amount of biodiesel in any fuel mix: fuel containing 20% biodiesel is labeled B20, while pure biodiesel is referred to as B100.
Blends of 20 percent biodiesel with 80 percent petroleum diesel (B20) can generally be used in unmodified diesel engines.