Because alternative fuels haven’t quite achieved the universal, everyday popularity of petroleum fuels, there tends to be a lot of talk about the drawbacks of alternative fuel sources, including renewable fuel. Much of this talk is simply myth. At SeQuential, we want to demystify a few of the most common misperceptions, so you can see just how great renewable fuel really is.
- 1. Renewable Fuel takes a serious toll on vehicle performance.
This is simply not true. Most vehicles demonstrate similar or better performance metrics when using renewable fuel, including mileage and torque. Renewable fuel similar chemical composition to fossil diesel. As a result, Neste MY Renewable Diesel (HVO) is a drop-in diesel that can easily be used in all existing diesel-powered engines without modification.
- 2. You can’t use renewable fuel in cold weather.
When stored properly, renewable fuel blends are perfectly suitable for use all year round, from the warm summer months to the frigid days of February. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is suitable for cold weather conditions, down to -4°F (-20° C) for Winter grade and 10°F (-12°C) for the summer grade. Reputable renewable fuel retailers are generally well-versed in the appropriate cold-weather management practices, so there’s no need to worry over vehicle troubles stemming from renewable fuel’s cold-weather properties.
- 3. There’s no strict quality-control process for biofuels.
This one’s easy to prove wrong. The U.S. renewable fuel industry has been growing for years, and renowned standards organization, ASTM International, has created clear guidelines that govern the production of renewable fuel used across the nation. Additionally, Neste’s renewable fuel guarantees that every gallon sold meets ASTM D975 and EN 15490 specifications in compliance with OEM standards.
- 4. The renewable fuel production process takes a serious toll on the environment.
Renewable fuel producers around the world have found a host of efficient ways to create renewable fuel without clearing more land for additional crops. SeQuential, for example, collects waste oils from restaurants throughout the Pacific Northwest for renewable fuel production – no additional crops necessary.
- 5. Using renewable fuel will void an engine warranty.
Thanks to renewable fuels meteoric rise in popularity, almost 80% of diesel vehicles in the U.S. are designed to support renewable fuel, rendering this worry null and void. Medium- and heavy-duty trucks are even more likely to be compatible with these renewable fuel blends.
Try It for Yourself
With these major myths busted, you should be ready to reap the benefits of renewable fuel blends. Find out where you can experience the SeQuential difference at a retailer near you.