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March 26, 2018   |   Next-Gen Transportation News


Oakland and Renewable Diesel: ‘Not a Single Downside’

Oakland switched its entire fleet of 366 diesel-powered vehicles to the non-petroleum drop-in fuel in October 2015.

They burn some 250,000 gallons of diesel fuel – now ASTM D975-compliant renewable diesel (RD) – per year.

“We flipped the switch overnight,” says Oakland fleet chief Richard Battersby, who also serves as interim assistant director of the city’s Bureau of Infrastructure and Operations. It has been a “cost-neutral” transition, he says, but “Competition is a good thing for pricing.”

"Not a single downside,” Battersby says, “other than availability for some areas."

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