The Central Fleet Division (City Manager’s Office) of Kansas City, Missouri, will expand its use of B50 biodiesel (50% biodiesel, 50% petroleum diesel) to all possible City fueling station locations to fuel all of the City’s 1,038 diesel-powered vehicles through the summer months. The City will drop back to a winter mix of B20 from October until March.
Kansas City uses approximately 1.2 million gallons of diesel fuel annually.
On 31 May, the City initiated a B50 pilot program. No fuel-related problems were reported in the 500 vehicles that made the switch during the pilot program phase, leading to the roll-out of the B50 city-wide.
Based on the results so far and compiled for one year (using 250,000 gallons of biodiesel from April through September and 140,000 gallons of biodiesel from October through March), the City estimates that it will replace 390,000 gallons of regular diesel with neat biodiesel annually as this program is expanded to include all of the City’s fueling stations.
Based on fuel prices so far this year, the City estimates it will save $25,473 in fuel costs.
Using biodiesel saves money, but equally important is the potential positive environmental impact.—Gerry Calk, City fleet administrator.
(A hat-tip to Dave!)