Truckers can find biodiesel with mapping software
Oct 1, 2007 12:00 PM
Truckers now can use their laptops or any computer to find truck-accessible biodiesel fueling sites along their planned routes. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and ProMiles announced during the Great American Trucking Show that biodiesel locations are listed at promiles.com, the commercial vehicle/truck routing and mileage software for professional drivers and fleets.
“I've been a ProMiles user for years and I rely on it for all of my routing,” said Tony Hamilton, company driver, Dixie Midwest Express, Alabama. “Having biodiesel locations available helps me to use my fuel of choice and incorporate it into my planning instead of going out of my way to search for it when on the road.”
The NBB, ProMiles, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) are working together to produce a continuously updated and accurate list of truck-accessible biodiesel locations to be included in mapping software. This first set of locations is now incorporated into ProMiles XF software and available for truckers.
ProMiles XF software is available on CD and features address-to-address truck routing. Truck accessible fueling locations are clearly marked for pre-route planning or on-the-road searches, without the need for Internet access. Now, truck accessible fueling locations that carry biodiesel can be found, along with information including the blend, such as B20 (20% biodiesel and 80% petro-diesel), hours of operation, and more. Utilizing OPIS IDs to identify the fueling locations ensures accuracy.
The first release of the software includes a subset of truck accessible biodiesel locations out of the nearly 600 that are identified on the NBB's trucking Web site, biotrucker.com. The NBB will continue to add more locations as OPIS IDs are assigned.
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