The hope and promise is now a reality. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Aug 16, 2015 Neste NEXBTL Diesel (left) vs. fossil diesel (right) during a simple burn test. What if I were to tell you that a 2015 RAM 1500 RWD EcoDiesel could drive the same distance, refuel at the same location at a lower cost and have a lower CO2 emissions profile (normally 570 g/mile) than your everyday std. Prius (218 g/mile)? Nuts, right? Not anymore. NESTE Neste is the world's largest producer of renewable fuels. In 2014, the company produced nearly 422 million gallons of renewable fuel from waste and residues. The companys production of renewable fuels from waste-based feedstock is resource-efficient and by 2017, 100 percent of its refined fuel will be from waste and residues vs. 98.5 percent today. Neste renewable diesel arises from ten different raw materials including animal and fish fats, used cooking oil and various residues generated during vegetable oil refining, such as palm fatty acid distillate (PFAD) and technical corn oil. Additionally, Neste manufactures renewable products from vegetable oils, mainly from crude palm oil. With regard to crude palm oil, Neste only uses certified feedstock. Neste produces its renewable fuel product portfolio based on its proprietary NEXBTL technology in its refineries located in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore. With its annual capacity of 650 million gallons today, the company expects to increase that volume to almost 850 million gallons without any major investments to improve refinery capacity. NEXBTL renewable diesel reduces emissions as well as enhances engine performance leading to lower maintenance and service costs. It also has excellent low-temperature properties which result in better vehicle reliability during the colder winter months anywhere in the world. Propel Fuels The 100 percent NEXBTL renewable diesel was already available to corporate customers. At a widely covered press conference in April of this year, Neste's NEXBTL renewable diesel became available to California consumers - or any consumers - for the very first time. It had been previously available as a mixture with traditional diesel in various blends around the world. Propel Refueling Station 3860 Kearny Mesa Rd. in San Diego, CA. At the launch event, Mary D. Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), filled a turbo diesel vehicles tank with the world’s cleanest biofuel, calling it “the radical new product.” In her speech, she stated the use of Diesel HPR reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 60 to 85 percent, NOx by 10 percent and other impurities by 30 to 40 percent. California based Propel Fuels was the company tasked with bringing the most advanced low carbon diesel fuel containing 98.5% NESTE NEXBTL Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable) to Central California through 18 retail fuel stations. Since that time, an additional 13 stations have been added in Southern California. Diesel HPR is a low-carbon renewable fuel that meets ASTM D-975 ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel specifications required by automotive and engine manufacturers. This enables the fuel to be used by any diesel vehicle while improving performance and significantly lowering emissions. NESTE NEXBTL does not contain any traditional biodiesel. According to the U.S. DOE Alternative Fuels Data Center, renewable diesel's high combustion quality results in similar or better vehicle performance compared to conventional diesel, while CARB studies show that this new renewable diesel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent compared to petroleum diesel. Rob Elam, founder and CEO of Propel Fuels: Renewable fuels are necessary in California to meet the state’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction programs. The program aims for a greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 10 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2030. Propel Diesel HPR spec sheet and emissions comparison Diesel Cost and CO2 Emissions Comparison On a CO2 emissions basis, this new fuel has 1/3 of the carbon intensity of std. diesel. Meaning that big bad 2015 RAM 1500 EcoDiesels 570 g/mile on Propel HPR diesel drops to approximately 188 g/mile. Compared to the most fuel efficient hybrid available on regular gasoline at 218 g/mile… Well, you get the picture. 76 Station in San Diego - Aug. 16, 2015 $2.599 for Propel Diesel HPR, $2.899 for Diesel and $4.259 for regular unleaded gasoline. On a cost basis, per the EPA and from a particular 76 station in Mira Mesa, Calif. on Aug. 16, 2015, the following would result. The RAM travels 1,000 miles at 24 mpg while consuming 41.666 gallons x $2.599 = $108.30 The Prius travels 1,000 miles at 50 mpg while consuming 20.000 gallons x $4.259 = $85.20 Having driven both vehicles over extended distances and multiple tanks – 14 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel at 40.2 mpg_over 2,000 miles and 13 Toyota Prius at 65 mpg over 1,000 miles, the numbers work out as follows: RAM 1500 EcoDiesel RWD -- 1,000 miles at 40 mpg = 25.0 gallons x $2.599 = $65.00 to travel 1,000 miles Toyota Prius Hybrid -- 1,000 miles at 65 mpg = 15.4 gallons x $4.259 = $65.60 to travel 1,000 miles This can continue with just about any diesel powered car or truck we have driven over the last few years including the VW Golf Sportwagen TDI, Golf TDI, Jetta TDI, Passat TDI, Audi Q5 TDI Quattro, A6 TDI Quattro, A7 TDI Quattro, A8 TDI Quattro, A3 TDI, RAM 3500 Cummins HD 4WD and a Ford 2500 PowerStroke 4WD plus more. All of the above is a California specific example as regular unleaded is far less costly in every other region of the country. 2016 VW Jetta TDI Imagine what it would do for the average Californian while fueled on Propel Diesel HPR? The significance of this new low carbon diesel fuel available in California is quite clear. It places diesels at the forefront of environmental performance besting BEVs without a charge time, cost, deprecation and even fueling cost detriment. Would you want to own an efficient turbo diesel in California today?