Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable diesel is to be trialed in day-to-day use in Finland by a fleet of road tanker trucks from the beginning of June onwards. The trial will last around a year and will involve 23 vehicles in Neste Oil livery operated by seven different companies.
The vehicles will fill up with 100% NExBTL renewable diesel at the Neste Oil Truck station at the distribution terminal adjacent to the company’s Porvoo refinery. The trial will monitor how NExBTL performs in trucks covering long distances and carrying heavy loads under a variety of climatic conditions.
Fuel quality is a key issue for truck and bus companies, and the aim of the new trial is to further confirm the suitability of NExBTL renewable diesel for use in the tough and challenging conditions these companies encounter.—Kaisa Hietala, Neste Oil’s Vice President, Marketing, Renewable Fuels
Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable diesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% over the product’s entire life cycle compared to fossil diesel. Its use also reduces local emissions significantly and helps improve urban air quality. NExBTL renewable diesel is a sulfur-free, oxygen-free, nitrogen-free, and odorless fuel compatible with all current diesel engines.
Neste Oil has previously trialed NExBTL renewable diesel extensively under field conditions in public transport buses in Greater Helsinki. A fleet of 14 standard Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses in Germany have used 100% NExBTL since mid-2008 and have driven over 1 million kilometers to date. Other trials have also been carried out in Canada and Germany. NExBTL renewable diesel is currently used in buses in Greater Helsinki and by a number of oil companies. Neste Green diesel, containing a minimum of 10% NExBTL renewable diesel, has been available to Finnish drivers since 2008.