Whether it is directly or indirectly, weather can play a big time role in the daily operations of your fleet. In addition, every season throughout the year brings its own challenges that fleet managers have to be prepared for staying on top of to keep working efficiently. Winter is right around the corner, and with this season comes conditions that affect vehicle performance, like cold temperatures, sleet, snow, and ice. Preparing your fleet for what is ahead starts with picking the proper biodiesel blend to keep vehicles working more smoothly and your customers provided with the service they will expect. Read on to learn more!
Can You Use Biodiesel in the Frigid Cold?
There is a common misconception that biodiesel does not work well in cold temperatures. The reality is biodiesel blends up to about B20, which is 20% biodiesel and 80% petroleum, and has used widely by fleets for millions of miles in below-freezing weather. The key to a blend’s performance is the correct handling, storage, and storage, as well as the addition of winter fuel additives.
Determining the Proper Blend for Your Vehicles
In extreme cold and if temperatures fall below the Cloud Point (this is the indicator of the tendency of a fuel to form real wax crystals when it’s cold), make sure that your above-ground storage or handling systems – pipes, tanks, or pumping equipment – are protected with heating systems, insulation, and other methods. If you blend your own set of fuel, before blending you have to know the cold weather specifications of your base diesel fuel and biodiesel as well.
Talk with Your Fuel Provider
Staying on top of the correct fuel blend for the right time could be difficult and time-consuming. Having a solid relationship with your fuel provider makes it easier and ensures that you get the right blend you need and where you need it. A provider should be able to offer:
– Distilled biodiesel
– Cloud Point choices
Give Howard Energy Inc. a call if you would like to learn more!
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