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When you decide to switch to alternative fuel, selecting the right path forward can feel overwhelming:

 

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Answer 2 simple questions and our tool will recommend a polyfuel strategy for your fleet.

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Established within trucking, refuse and bus applications with proven technology and growing infrastructure.

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Emerging solution for commercial fleets, but limited HD vehicles and infrastructure.

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Emerging fuel with great environmental benefits for existing diesel trucks, but limited supply.

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Emerging fuel offering incredible environmental benefits, but few vehicle choices and lack of stations.

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Drop-in alternative to diesel offered nationally, but limited environmental benefits.

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Established within bus and forklift applications, but environmental benefits are limited.

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*Carbon Intensity (CI) is used to measure all greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production, distribution and consumption of a fuel.

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Alternative Fuel Solutions

Now that you have a better understanding of which fuels work best for your application, learn more about each solution and its commercial readiness. We’re happy to talk through these details with you as well. Reach out to our fueling experts today!

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Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Contrary to the belief of many, renewable natural gas is not a fossil fuel. Instead, it’s made by capturing, cleaning, and conditioning methane from landfills, agricultural facilities, and wastewater treatment plants that otherwise would have been emitted into the atmosphere as a harmful greenhouse gas. As the only carbon-negative solution on the market, RNG delivers unbeatable lifecycle emission benefits. Also, it can be used with existing natural gas vehicles and infrastructure – eliminating the need for technology upgrades.

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Electric

Electric charging is an alternative fueling solution that has gained a lot of traction. Resulting in zero tailpipe emissions and boasting low maintenance costs, electric charging is an attractive option within fleet applications. With the ability to be sourced from natural gas, wind energy, solar, hydropower, and more, electric can offer your fleet varying levels of emission reductions and, the potential for carbon-neutrality.

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Hydrogen

Hydrogen is an emerging alternative fueling option that can be sourced from natural gas, biogas, solar or wind, resulting in a carbon-neutral, or potentially net-negative solution. Further, like electric, hydrogen results in zero tailpipe emissions which enhances the sustainability appeal for many organizations.

Similar to other emerging solutions, hydrogen vehicle technology and infrastructure still require many advancements and greater adoption in states beyond California. As hydrogen makes the transition from emerging to developed, it offers a strong value proposition, especially for larger fleets.

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Biodiesel

Produced primarily from biomass, including vegetable oils, animal fats and recycled restaurant grease, biodiesel is an alternative fuel that is blended with diesel to provide fleets with varying levels of emission reductions, depending on the feedstock and blend. Also, serving as a drop-in fuel for most existing diesel vehicles, fleets can experience similar fuel economy to that of their diesel counterparts especially when used in warmer climates.

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Renewable Diesel

Renewable diesel leverages thermochemical and biochemical processes to transform fats, oils, and grease feedstocks into a usable fuel. Unlike biodiesel, renewable diesel can be used as a stand-alone fuel that does not need to be blended with traditional diesel. From an emissions perspective, renewable diesel can result in a CI score that’s 85% lower than that of diesel, depending on the feedstock. However, while able to serve as a drop-in fuel for diesel vehicles, with domestic production of renewable diesel being limited, fleets may have to pay a price premium.

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Propane

Propane, commonly referred to as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), is an additional alternative fuel type. Made from the liquid byproducts recovered from processing natural gas, propane burns cleaner than natural gas resulting in reduced levels of emissions, inclusive of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxides. Also, with an established network and transportable tank storage system, fleets across the country can adopt this strategy, regardless of location.

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