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AUTOMAKERS' AND ENGINE MANUFACTURERS' POSITIONS OF SUPPORT FOR BIODIESEL BLENDS 
  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Arctic Cat
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:
    B20 Approved for use in Arctic Cat twin cylinder diesel ATVs. Biodiesel fuel must meet ASTM D6751 spec.

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  • Last Update: 12/1/14
    Audi
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B5 (up to B20 in IL and MN)
    Notes:

    Like its sister company Volkswagen, Audi currently approves the use of B5 biodiesel blends in all Audi TDI diesel vehicles. Biodiesel blend must meet all current petroleum industry specifications (ASTM D6751 and ASTM D975) and be purchased from a reputable commercial retail pump.

    In addition, Audi will allow the use of up to B20 biodiesel blends for their customers with 2009 and later model year Audi TDI vehicles in the states of Illinois and Minnesota, where blends >B10 are common.  See the letters from Audi to their IL and MN customers in the links at the right.

    Audi is in the process of wrapping up an extensive B20 research study in partnership with the biodiesel industry.  Stay tuned for further details.


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Blue Bird
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:
    Bluebird Buses are equipped with engine platforms from Cummins, Ford, and General Motors, all of which support the use of B20 biodiesel blends. Check with your local Bluebird dealer to confirm their support for B20 in your particular bus model.



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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    BMW
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B5
    Notes:

    BMW currently supports the use of up to B5 biodiesel blends.

    BMW currently offers diesel models in the X5 xDrive35d as well as the 2011 BMW 335d.  BMW has confirmed that it will be bringing two more diesel models to the U.S. market in 2013-2014.


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Buhler
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:

    Buhler approves the use of B20 biodiesel blends in its Buhler 4WD tractors powered by Cummins Tier 3 QSM and QSX engines.


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Case Construction Equipment
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20 / B5 depending on model
    Notes:

    Case Construction Equipment Biodiesel Approvals:

    B20 - Approved for more than 85% of Case Construction Equipment; 

    B5 is approved for the remainder

    Talk to your dealer or visit the Case Construction Equipment website to find the biodiesel blend approval level for your particular model.

    Biodiesel fuels approved for use must comply with the North American Standard ASTM D6751. Biodiesel should be purchased from a trusted supplier who understands the product and maintains good product quality. Case recommends that you only use biodiesel from BQ 9000 accredited suppliers to maintain the quality and the consistency of the fuel.


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Case IH
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B100 / B20 / B5 - varies by model
    Notes:
    Case IH approves B100 for nearly half of the Case IH models sold globally; B20 for more than 90% of Case IH models sold in U.S. and Europe; and B5 is approved for every Case IH engine sold globally


    Visit www.caseih.com for biodiesel approval levels on specific products and equipment by model.


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Caterpillar
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20 / B5
    Notes:

    B20 approved for majority of engine models. B20 approved for Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIb and beyond engines with aftertreatment devices. 

    B5 approved for some Tier 2/Stage II or earlier emissions regulations engines.

    Tiered biodiesel blend approval structure based on equipment type and model. In the Caterpillar Machine Fluids Recommendations document below (SEBU6250-17), see pages 106-115 for Biodiesel recommendations. For On-Highway Truck Engines (SEBU6385-07), see pages 43-53 for biodiesel recommendations. 

    Caterpillar requires the use of biodiesel fuel meeting ASTM D6751 and/or D7467 specifications, sourced from BQ-9000 certified suppliers. See reference documents attached for more details. 

    Note: In order to align Caterpillar recommendations with the latest revision of “ASTM D7467” specification for B6-B20 blends and to ensure that biodiesel fuel meets defined quality standards, Caterpillar recommendations for acceptable biodiesel blend for most engines have been changed to B20. Details on the use of higher blends are given in the “Biodiesel” section of the Special Publications referenced below.  For use of blends higher than B20, contact your local CAT dealer.



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  • Last Update: 05/30/12
    Chrysler Group LLC
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20 fleets / B5 all other diesel vehicles
    Notes:
    Chrysler supports B20 use in the Dodge Ram for approved Government, Military and Commercial Fleets;  B5 approved for all other diesel vehicle applications.


    Biodiesel fuel must meet ASTM D6751 or ASTM D7467 and fuel should be used within 6 months of production.


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    See the 2011 Chrysler Group LLC Corporate Sustainability Report - pg. 100 for more information on Chrysler's support for biodiesel.

    Information on B20 use in Dodge Ram for fleets 

     



  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Cummins
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:

    Cummins approves the use of B20 biodiesel blends in the following engine models:

    On-Highway:  ISX, ISM, ISL, ISC and ISB engines certified to EPA ’02 and later emissions standards, ISL, ISC and ISB engines certified to Euro 3.

    Off-Highway: QSX, QSM, QSL, QSC, QSB6.7, QSB4.5 and QSB3.3 engines certified to Tier 3/Stage IIIA, QSM Marine, QSM G-Drive.

    High Horsepower Off-Highway built after January 1, 2008: QSK78, QSK60, QSK50, K2000E, K50, QSK45, QSK38, K1500E, K38, QST30, QSK23, QSK19 and K19.  Also Marine QSK60, QSK50, K50 QSK45, QSK38, K38 QSK19, K19. 

    Cummins has approved B20 for the high horsepower engines listed above with the following fuel systems: Pressure Timed, High-Pressure Injection, Modular Common Rail Fuel Injection System and BOSCH Pump-Line-Nozzle.

    Biodiesel must conform to the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) specifications.  B100 must conform to ASTM D6751 prior to blending, and the finished B20 blend must conform to ASTM D7467. 

    Customers are required to purchase the biodiesel blend from a BQ9000 Certified Marketer. The B100 fuel used in the blend must be sourced from a BQ9000 Accredited Producer. BQ9000 Certified Marketers and Accredited Producers can be found at www.bq-9000.org.


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  • Last Update: 9/1/14
    Detroit Diesel
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B5 / B20
    Notes:

    Detroit Diesel is a division of Daimler Trucks North America.

    Detroit Diesel engine models DD13, DD15, DD16 and MBE900 / 4000 are currently approved for B5 biodiesel blends.  Biodiesel blends must meet the specifications listed in the Detroit Biodiesel Policy referenced in the link to the right.    

    Detroit Diesel Series 60 Engines manufactured after 2004 are compatible with biodiesel blends up to B20.  It is not recommended to run blends higher than 5% biodiesel on Series 60 engines manufactured prior to 2004, as they may contain materials that are not compatible with biodiesel.  Biodiesel blends must meet the specifications listed in the Detroit Biodiesel Policy referenced in the link to the right.   


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Deutz AG
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B100
    Notes:

    Deutz AG now approves biodiesel use as a clean fuel (B100) for the Agripower engines of series TCD 6.1 L6 and TCD 7.8 L6 meeting the new emissions requirements of exhaust stage Tier IIIb.  Deutz AG is the first engine manufacturer to issue an approval for B100 in regard to this exhaust stage.

    This approval was proceeded by extensive field tests aimed at verifying biodiesel suitability as part of a project scope funded by UFOP. DEUTZ points out that only biodiesel as specified by DIN EN 14214 may be used.



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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Fairbanks Morse
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B100
    Notes:
    B100 approved for use in Opposed Piston (OP) Model 38D 8 1/8 diesel and dual fuel engines for continuous operations. Biodiesel must meet ASTM D6751.

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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Ferris
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:
    B20 is approved for use in Ferris IS 5100Z series zero-turn mowers. The Ferris IS 5100Z is powered by a 33.5 hp Caterpillar diesel engine, model 3013C.

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  • Last Update: 5/30/12
    Ford Motor Co.
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:

    Ford diesel products built up to 2010 MY are compatible with up to 5 percent biodiesel fuel blends(B5). Ford Motor Company recognizes the benefits that are associated with the expanded use of high quality biodiesel fuel blends and has designed the 2011 MY and forward model 6.7L Powerstroke Diesel engine to be robust to biodiesel blends up to 20% biodiesel (B20) given the current knowledge of biodiesel fuel, fuel specifications and the materials available.


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  • Last Update: 12/1/14
    Freightliner
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B5 / B20 depending on model
    Notes:
    Freightliner is a division of Daimler Trucks North America. 

     

    Freightliner truck models equipped with Cummins engines are approved for use with B20 biodiesel blends.  

    Freightliner truck models equipped with Detroit Diesel engine models DD13, DD15, DD16 are currently approved for B5 biodiesel blends.  Biodiesel blends must meet the specifications listed in the Detroit Biodiesel Policy referenced in the link to the right. 


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Freightliner Custom Chassis
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:

    Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) is a division of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).  Freightliner Custom Chassis manufactures premium vehicle chassis for walk-in cabs, motor homes, school buses and commercial buses.    

    All FCCC vehicles are equipped with Cummins engines.  Therefore, Freightliner and DTNA support the Cummins position of approval for the use of B20 biodiesel blends in all Freightliner Custom Chassis vehicles.  


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  • Last Update: 12/1/14
    General Motors
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:
    General Motors approves B20 

    for all 2011 and forward model year GM diesel vehicles including the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Chevy Express and GMC Savanna and Chevy Cruze. B20 capability is also offered as a Special Equipment Option (SEO) for fleets with 2007 - 2010 model year versions of the truck and van models listed above.  B5 blends are approved for all prior model year diesel vehicles.  

    It is acceptable to use diesel fuel containing up to 20% biodiesel (B20). The diesel fuel portion of the blend must meet the same specification, ASTM D975 (Grades No. 2-D or No. 1-D S15, commonly known as Ultra-low Sulfur Diesel), as other fuels used in your vehicle, and the biodiesel used for making this fuel must meet the latest version of ASTM Specification D6751.

    Biodiesel quality — blends containing more than 5% and up to 20% biodiesel must meet the latest version of ASTM Specification D7467 (biodiesel blend, B6-B20). We recommend that biodiesel users purchase biodiesel blends from a BQ-9000 certified marketer.

     


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    GM Fleet Service Toolkit_04232012 - See pg. 41-42 re: biodiesel

    2014 Car and Truck Guide

     

     




  • Last Update: 5/30/12
    Hino Trucks
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:

    Hino Trucks’ complete product line of class 4 and 5 cab over, and class 6 and 7 conventional trucks are now approved to use up to B20 biodiesel.

    All 2011 and 2012 model year cab over and conventional trucks powered exclusively with Hino’s proprietary J-Series engines are approved to use biodiesel B20 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 is also approved for use in Hino’s new 2012 diesel-electric hybrid COE truck.

    Hino trucks built prior to the 2011 model year are approved to use B5 biodiesel. All biodiesel fuels used in Hino trucks must be purchased from a fuel handler licensed under BQ9000.




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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Honda / Acura
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: N/A - no diesel vehicle options in U.S.
    Notes:
    Honda / Acura is not currently manufacturing models with diesel engines in the United States. 


    Honda offers a 2.2L turbodiesel in the Accord, Civic and CRV in Europe, however the diesel option for these vehicles is not available in the U.S., as the company continues to pursue a hybrid and fuel cell strategy here.


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Hyundai
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: N/A - No diesel vehicles in U.S.
    Notes:

    Hyundai offers several diesel options in other markets, but does not offer a diesel vehicle option in the U.S.


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    International / Navistar
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B5 / B20
    Notes:
    Navistar unconditionally warrants use of biodiesel blends up to and including B5 blends meeting the ASTM D975-08a standard. Use of B6-B20 blends in International® MaxxForce™ Diesel Engines 2007-up is at the discretion of the customer/operator and will not automatically void an engine warranty. However, if engine component failure can be directly attributable to use of a B6-B20 blend not provided by a BQ9000 certified fuel supplier, not meeting the ASTM D7467-08 standard or not used per Navistar recommendations, Navistar may, at its option, deny warranty on the affected engine or engine component.


    Navistar International Corporation is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce® brand diesel engines, IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses, Monaco® RV brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse® brand chassis for motor homes and step vans. The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts.


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    Biodiesel approval in Navistar's 2010 Emissions compliant MaxxForce engines

     - Once in newsroom, search for "biodiesel" under recent news releases - see article dated 3/10/10 on Navistar's 2010 MAXX Force 7 engine






  • Last Update: 5/30/12
    Isuzu Commercial Trucks of America
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:

    Per Isuzu Commercial Trucks of America:

    Biodiesel (B5) - It is acceptable to use diesel fuel containing up to 5% biodiesel (B5), but the final blended fuel must meet the same specification, ASTM D 975 (Grade Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel), as other fuels used in your vehicle, and the biodiesel used for making this fuel must meet the latest version of ASTM specification D 6751. 

    Biodiesel (B6-B20) - Biodiesel blends between B6 and B20 could cause damage to your engine and fuel system if these fuels do not meet strict quality standards. ASTM D7467 has been established to specify the properties of B6 to B20 biodiesel blends. If you plan to use biodiesel grades between B6 and B20, please contact your Isuzu dealer. 

    (Applicable on 2011MY and newer N-Series diesel models)



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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    John Deere
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:

    All John Deere engines can use biodiesel blends. B5 blends are preferred, but concentrations up to 20 percent (B20) can be used providing the biodiesel used in the fuel blend meets the standards set by the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) D6751 or European Standard (EN) 14214.

    John Deere engines without exhaust filters can operate on biodiesel blends below and above B20 (up to 100 percent biodiesel). For these engines, John Deere-approved fuel conditioners containing detergent/dispersant additives are required when using biodiesel blends of B20 or higher, and recommended when using lower biodiesel blends.

    John Deere engines with exhaust filters should not use biodiesel blends above B20.  For these engines, John Deere-approved fuel conditioners containing detergent/dispersant additives are required when using B20, and recommended when using lower biodiesel blends.



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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Kenworth
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B5
    Notes:

    Kenworth is a division of PACCAR Inc. and uses PACCAR engines in its trucks.

    Warranty and the Use of Biodiesel Fuel

    PACCAR Inc approves the use of biodiesel fuel blends up to 5% by volume in diesel fuel that meets all of the following three conditions:

    • The biodiesel used in the blend meets ASTM Standard D 6751 or EN 14214 specifications.

    • The biodiesel used in the blend is sourced from a BQ-9000 Accredited Producer.

    • The finished blend meets the fuel properties of ASTM Standard D 975 or EN 590 specifications.

    The use of approved biodiesel fuel does not affect the PACCAR engine warranty. Failures caused by the use of nonapproved biodiesel fuels or other fuel additives that are of unacceptable quality or do not meet specified industry standards are not considered as defects of parts or workmanship

    by PACCAR and therefore will not be covered by the PACCAR engine warranty.




    Reference:

    PACCAR Engine Operators Manual - see pg. 5-15 on warranty with biodiesel

    www.kenworth.com




  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Kubota
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:
    Kubota approves the use of B20 biodiesel fuel as a blend component that meets the minimum requirements provided by the American Society of Testing and Materials, Standard ASTM D6751-09b, or most current published standard, specifications.  The petroleum diesel fuel base must meet ASTM D975 specification.  To ensure fuel quality, biodiesel fuels and blended fuel should be purchased from a BQ-9000 accredited producer or certified marketer.





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  • Last Update: 5/30/12
    Mack Trucks
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:

    Mack Trucks states that the use of biodiesel up to a maximum of 20% (B20) in and of itself, will not affect the manufacturer's mechanical warranty as to engine and emissions system related components, provided the bio fuel used in the blend conforms to ASTM D6751, B1 to B5 blends conform to ASTM D975, and B6 to B20 blends conform to ASTM D7467.



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  • Last Update: 9/1/14
    Mercedes-Benz
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B5
    Notes:
    Mercedes-Benz USA approves the use of B5 in all Common Rail Injection Diesel "CDI-engines" – including BLUETEC engines. The only approved biodiesel content is one that meets the ASTM D6751 specification.

    For use of biodiesel blends over B5, see the Mercedes-Benz Biodiesel Brochure at the referenced link to the right.  

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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    New Holland
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B100
    Notes:
    New Holland supports the use of B100 biodiesel in all equipment with New Holland-manufactured diesel engines, including electronic injection engines with common rail technology. Biodiesel must meet the approved ASTM D6751 standard.

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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Nissan
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: N/A - No diesel vehicles in U.S.
    Notes:

    Nissan discontinued plans to introduce a diesel option with the 2010 Maxima and has not announced any future plans for diesel vehicle options in the U.S. market.  

    Nissan does, however, provide some good resources on their website re: State and Federal Alternative Fuel programs and credits.  See links to a few of the referenced programs in the Reference/Source section.


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Perkins
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B5 / B20
    Notes:

    Currently, all Perkins diesel engines are capable of using up to 5% RME without affecting the standard warranty terms. Many models, such as the 400 Series, 850 Series and 1100 Series engines, are also approved for up to B20 meeting ASTM D6751 and EN 14214.


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Peterbuilt
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B5
    Notes:

    Peterbilt is a division of PACCAR Inc.

    Warranty and the Use of Biodiesel Fuel

    PACCAR Inc approves the use of biodiesel fuel blends up to 5% by volume in diesel fuel that meets all of the following three conditions:

    • The biodiesel used in the blend meets ASTM Standard D 6751 or EN 14214 specifications.

    • The biodiesel used in the blend is sourced from a BQ-9000 Accredited Producer.

    • The finished blend meets the fuel properties of ASTM Standard D 975 or EN 590 specifications.

    The use of approved biodiesel fuel does not affect the PACCAR engine warranty. Failures caused by the use of nonapproved biodiesel fuels or other fuel additives that are of unacceptable quality or do not meet specified industry standards are not considered as defects of parts or workmanship by PACCAR and therefore will not be covered by the PACCAR engine warranty.


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    Peterbilt Owners Manual - see pg. 5-15 for warranty position on biodiesel  

    www.peterbilt.com




  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Thomas Built Buses
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:
    Thomas Built Buses is a division of Daimler Trucks North America. 

    However, most Thomas Built Buses are equipped with Cummins engines. As Cummins approves the use of B20 in its engines, Thomas Built's new 2010 emissions compliant buses are also compatible with B20 biodiesel blends.  


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Tomcar
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:

    TOMCAR approves the use of B20 biodiesel blends in its diesel powered equipment.

    TOMCAR manufactures highly durable ATVs and off-road vehicles for Military, Commercial and Consumer uses.  


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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Toro
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:

    Toro Equipment B20 Approved:

    2008 Model Year (or newer) - All diesel-powered Toro® Reelmaster®, Groundsmaster®, Greensmaster®, Workman®, Multi Pro® and Z Master® product families.

    2009 Model Year - All diesel-powered Toro® Dingo® compact utility loaders. 

    Biodiesel kits are also available to retrofit 2002 or newer diesel-powered commercial equipment and landscape contractor mowers. The conversion kits are compatible with biodiesel blends up to B20, which represents a mix of 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum. Contact your local Toro distributor or dealer to find out what conversion kit is required for your machine.



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  • Last Update: 6/1/12
    Toyota
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: N/A - No U.S. diesel vehicles
    Notes:

    Toyota does not currently offer any diesel vehicle models in the U.S.


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  • Last Update: 12/1/14
    Volkswagen
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B5 (Up to B20 in IL and MN)
    Notes:
    B5 is currently approved for use in all Volkswagen of America TDI diesel vehicles. Biodiesel blend must meet all current petroleum industry specifications (ASTM D6751 and ASTM D975) and be purchased from a reputable commercial retail pump.


    In addition, Volkswagen will allow the use of up to B20 biodiesel blends for their customers with 2009 and later model year VW TDI vehicles in the states of Illinois and Minnesota, where blends >B10 are common.  See the letters from VW to their IL and MN customers in the links at the right.

    Volkswagen is in the process of wrapping up an extensive B20 research study in partnership with the biodiesel industry.  Stay tuned for further details.  


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  • Last Update: 05/30/12
    Volvo Trucks
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
    Notes:

    Volvo Trucks states that the use of biodiesel up to a maximum of 20% (B20) in and of itself, will not affect the manufacturer's mechanical warranty as to engine and emissions system related components, provided the bio fuel used in the blend conforms to ASTM D6751, B1 to B5 blends conform to ASTM D975, and B6 to B20 blends conform to ASTM D7467.

    Please note that engine and aftertreatment emissions system component warranties are valid providing the B20 blend meets the respective ASTM standard. Customers will need to utilize oil sampling to establish appropriate drain interval(s) for their specific application(s).


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  • Last Update: 12/1/14
    Western Star
    Biodiesel Blend Approval: B5 / B20 depending on model
    Notes:

    A division of Daimler Trucks North America, Western Star builds heavy-duty vocational and on-highway trucks.  

    Western Star truck models equipped with Cummins engines are approved for use with B20 biodiesel blends.  

    Western Star truck models equipped with Detroit Diesel engine models DD13, DD15, DD16 are currently approved for B5 biodiesel blends.  Biodiesel blends must meet the specifications listed in the Detroit Biodiesel Policy referenced in the link to the right.  



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    • Last Update: 6/1/12
      Yanmar
      Biodiesel Blend Approval: B20
      Notes:
      Yanmar is a Japanese company manufacturing engines for construction, utility, agricultural, marine, and industrial uses.


      Yanmar diesel engines sold in the U.S. are B20 compatible.


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