Following extensive truck and engine testing, Mack Trucks has approved the use of renewable diesel fuel in all Mack engines.
The company says renewable diesel delivers performance similar to diesel refined from petroleum, but with several additional benefits, including reduced greenhouse-gas and particulate emissions, as well as decreased maintenance costs.
“As the availability and customer requests for renewable diesel fuel increase, we worked to ensure its compatibility with our engines,” says Stu Russoli, Mack highway and powertrain products marketing manager. “This approval gives Mack customers who seek to reduce their environmental footprint an additional choice when it comes to alternative fuels.”
Similar to conventional biodiesel, renewable diesel fuel is derived from biomass feedstocks, including animal fats and oils. The addition of renewable diesel fuel expands Mack’s alternative fuel offerings. The Cummins-Westport ISX12 G natural-gas-powered engine is currently available in the Mack Pinnacle daycab model, and the Mack LR and Mack TerraPro cabover models also offer natural gas options with the availability of the Cummins-Westport ISL G engine.
Notably, Volvo Trucks North America also recently approved the use of renewable diesel for all of its proprietary Volvo engines. Mack Trucks is part of the Volvo Group.