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Our colleagues over at PickupTrucks.com have reported that General Motors has announced its new 2011 6.6-liter Duramax diesel power plant will have the option of burning B20 biodiesel fuel. For anyone not familiar with nomenclature for the biofuel variants of diesel, B20 is a blend of 80 percent regular ultra low-sulfur, petroleum diesel fuel and 20 percent biodiesel.
It's a good thing that GM is throwing its support behind the biodiesel industry, since recent reports have painted a portrait of biodiesel producers as being on the edge of utter ruin. Last month MSN.com reported that biodiesel producers are expected to seriously struggle with the expiration of a federal tax credit of $1 producers got for each gallon of alternative diesel fuel made from fuel stocks such as soy beans or waste such as animal fat.
The demand for biodiesel dropped dramatically by several hundred million gallons during 2009 as compared to 2008 due to the weak economy. MSN.com stated that the biodiesel industry collectively has a capacity of 2.7 billion gallons per year. With a 2009 demand of around 475 million gallons, the industry was running just between 15 and 20% of capacity. I'd say biodiesel producers will take all the support they can get.
Stay tuned to AllPickupTrucks.com as we keep you posted on the roll-out of this new biodiesel friendly Duramax from GM.