BALTIMORE - The National Biodiesel Board partnerned with Hino Trucks to showcase Hino's new line of biodiesel-capable trucks at the Hybrid, Electric, and High Efficiency Trucks at the Hybrid Truck Users Forum (HTUF) Conference in Baltimore this week ( 

The 2012 Hino 195h diesel-electric hybrid cab-over truck showed off its capabilities running on a 20-percent biodiesel blend (B-20) and hybrid-electric power during the HTUF Ride-and-Drive event on Oct. 13.  

Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, announced its full approval for use of B-20 biodiesel blends in its new hybrid-electric truck as well as its complete product line of Class 4 and 5 cab-over, and Class 6 and 7 conventional trucks in July 2011. Hino Trucks is the world's third largest manufacturer of light and medium duty trucks, and now the fastest growing truck manufacturer in the U.S. Hino's B-20 approval statement joins those of competitors Isuzu Commercial Trucks, Ford Motor Company, International / Navistar, Cummins engines and others. B-20 biodiesel blends are now approved by more than 95 percent of the medium duty truck market in the U.S., and by more than 60 percent of the U.S. diesel vehicle and equipment manufacturers as a whole. 

All Hino 2011 and 2012 model-year cab-over and conventional trucks powered exclusively with Hino's proprietary J-Series engines are approved to use B-20 blends that contain biodiesel blend stock (B-100) compliant to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D6751, blended with diesel fuel compliant to ASTM D975. Hino trucks built prior to the 2011 model year are approved to use B-5 (5-percent) biodiesel.

All biodiesel fuels used in Hino trucks must be purchased from a fuel handler licensed under BQ-9000, the biodiesel industry's comprehensive fuel quality management program. The high quality B-20 biodiesel blend powering Hino's truck during the HTUF Ride-and-Drive is being supplied by BQ-9000 Certified Marketer Amerigreen and their local distributor Taylor Oil. 

Glenn Ellis, Hino's Vice President of Marketing and Dealer Operations, commented, "Hino Trucks is pleased to partner with the National Biodiesel Board here at HTUF and moving forward to help promote the use of approved B20 biodiesel blends in our trucks. By offering the Class 4 and 5 market a diesel-electric hybrid cab over that can use up to B-20 biodiesel, as showcased in the HTUF Expo and Ride-and-Drive this week, our customers now have an impressive new option for a commercially acceptable alternative fuel truck."