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 Cruise Victoria has been using Bio-Diesel since day one (7 years now) and we are proud to say our coaches are now powered by 100% 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. (This excludes our modern Alexander Dennis Double Deckers equipped with environmentally friendly Cummins diesel engines - still under warranty.)
Bio-Diesel offers significant reductions in engine emissions, some of which by as much as 50%. B100 represents pure Bio-Diesel and in this form it is a safe, non-toxic, bio-degradeable plant based fuel.
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. CVS is proud to be using a B100 blend. Biodiesel can also be used in its pure form (B100) as CVS Tours uses it without engine modification, however engine manufactures do not warrant engines over a standard of B20 however testing is still underway.