Twenty Cal Trans vehicles-- ranging from construction equipment to pick up trucks-- are running on B-20 biodiesel fuel—which includes recycled cooking oil. Cal Trans spokesman David Anderson says they want to see if the fuel is feasible to use in thousands of Cal Trans vehicles. He says it costs about fifteen cents more per gallon than regular diesel.
“We feel that the benefits in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced dependence on oil far outweigh the slight cost increase per gallon…”
Anderson says CalTrans uses about three-million gallons of regular diesel every year. A switch to biodiesel would decrease the petroleum use by 600-thousand gallons. The pilot project began in January and will wrap up next month. The results will then be reviewed by U.C. Riverside researchers. The Governor recently touted the benefits of biofuel on the MTV show “Pimp My Ride”.