As part of the National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) annual Vehicle Branding Program, the D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) was one of eight fleets nationally to receive matching funds to share its biodiesel success story with wraps, decals or other vehicle branding efforts.
DPW has branded 22 refuse trucks to highlight its use of 100 percent biodiesel (B100) in these vehicles operating in the Nation’s Capital. The Department also installed biodiesel engine upgrades, developed by Optimus Technologies, in these trucks that allow them to run exclusively on B100. Since installing the systems, DPW has reduced truck emissions by over 75 percent and lowered fuel costs. The rest of the Department’s diesel fleet also runs on B20.
NBB Director of Communications, Kaleb Little, describes the Vehicle Branding Program as, “a great way to increase awareness of biodiesel’s benefits as these vehicles log thousands of miles throughout the country”. Additionally, “this year’s winners are featuring NBB’s new tagline, “Better, Cleaner, Now” which tells the biodiesel story simply. Biodiesel is better and cleaner than petroleum diesel -- with proven environmental, health and economic benefits - and is ready to use now.”