New Holland Approves B20

Posted on May 18, 2006

While a number of engine and equipment manufacturers have approved the use of biodiesel, until now most had limited their approval to the relatively small B2 (2% biofuel, 98% petroleum diesel) or B5 (5% biofuel, 95% petroleum diesel) blends. But now ag equipment manufacturer New Holland, part of CNH Global, has approved the use of 20% biodiesel (B20) in all of its equipment using New Holland engines. According to the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), New Holland is the first original equipment manufacturer to announce full support of B20 in all of the diesel engines that it produces.

“Biodiesel is the future,” said Dennis D. Recker, vice president of New Holland Agricultural Business in North America. “As the availability of fossil fuels becomes a greater problem, we need to look at alternatives. But they must also be cleaner, environmentally friendly alternatives.”

NBB’s close work with New Holland was said to be instrumental to the company’s decision to support B20. During the past several years, NBB and the diesel engine, fuel injection, and vehicle companies have engaged in extensive biodiesel research and testing programs. In addition, NBB and all the major vehicle, engine and fuel injection companies are engaged in a research program for new diesel technology. The program tests B20 and lower blends in the advanced diesel engine platforms mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) starting with 2007 model year vehicles.

All major OEMs support B5 and lower blends, provided they are made with biodiesel meeting ASTM D 6751. A growing number are recommending the use of BQ-9000 companies. BQ-9000 is NBB’s biodiesel industry quality program.

Earlier this year, DaimlerChrysler announced approval of the use of B20 in its Dodge Ram pickup trucks for government, military and commercial fleet customers. Use of B20 in fleets is approved effective with the 2007 model year.