NOVI, MI -- Hino Trucks said its complete product line of class 4 and 5 cab-over trucks, as well as class 6 and 7 conventional trucks, are now approved to use up to B20 biodiesel. 

All 2011 and 2012 model year cab-over and conventional trucks powered exclusively with Hino’s proprietary J-Series engines are approved to use biodiesel B20 blends that contain biofuel blend stock (B100) compliant to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D6751, and blended fuel compliant to ASTM D975, the company said. B20 biodiesel meeting these standards is also approved for use in Hino’s newly announced diesel-electric hybrid cab-over truck due to enter the market late this fall. 

Hino trucks built prior to the 2011 model year are approved to use B5 biodiesel. All biodiesel fuels used in Hino trucks must be purchased from a fuel handler licensed under BQ9000. 

“It is our strong commitment to design and assemble trucks that are at the forefront of environmental friendliness and that help to reduce our overall dependency on foreign oil,” said Glenn Ellis, vice president of marketing and dealer operations for Hino Trucks. 

Hino said it offers the only class 6 and 7 conventional truck to meet the stringent 2010 EPA emission requirements without the use of credits. “By offering the class 4 and 5 market a diesel-electric hybrid cab-over that can use up to B20 biodiesel, our customers now have an option for a commercially acceptable alternative-fuel truck,” added Ellis. 

Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, assembles, sells and services class 4-7 conventional and cab-over engine commercial trucks in the United States.