“The use of biofuels, particularly biodiesel, is in the news, and many people have been asking, ‘What is the Motor Pool doing?” according to the Motor Pool newsletter.
The University currently uses B5 in their diesel-powered vehicles. “B5” is a classification of biodiesel that consists of 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent petroleum diesel. The UW Motor Pool has been using B5 since the fall of 2006, when a biodiesel pump was installed at the motor vehicle depot.
“In the fall of 2006, [the UW Motor Pool] installed a diesel blend at our fuel pumps that includes 5 percent biodiesel, with the aim to increase this to 20 percent after the trial period,” according to the UW Motor Pool Web site.
That trial period is nearing its end as the UW Motor Pool is making the switch from B5 fuel to B20 fuel, which includes 20 percent biodiesel.
“The UW Motor Pool is going to start using B20 in the next few weeks, and there are plans for B90 in the future,” said Ari Kasapyan, marketing and communications manager at the UW Motor Pool.