NOVI, MI – The National Biodiesel Board recognized Hino Trucks with the 2012 “Eye on Biodiesel Impact Award” at the National Biodiesel Conference in Orlando. The Board gives the award to companies, groups, or individuals who “who have helped carry the biodiesel torch, fostering understanding, mentoring others and encouraging broader use of this cleaner burning, sustainable fuel.”

The Board gave the award to Hino Trucks due to it being the first manufacturer to support the use of B20 biodiesel blends in a hybrid-electric truck and in the company’s full line of class 6 and 7 conventional trucks. Hino’s COE 195h hybrid truck was part of the event’s Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase. In addition, conference organizers invited Hino to be part of a general session OEM panel entitled “The Future is Unwritten: Energy Policy, Diesel Technology, and B20” and a technical session discussing “Biodiesel Engines of Today and the Future – Development of Super High Efficiency Diesel Engines.”

Hino stated that all of its 2011-and-later model conventional trucks powered with Hino’s proprietary J-Series engines are approved to use B20 biodiesel blends that contain biofuel blend stock (B100) compliant to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D6751, and blended fuel compliant to ASTM D975.

“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 oils,” said Glenn Ellis, Vice President of Marketing and Dealer Operations for Hino Trucks. “By offering the class 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.”