This article from FleetOwner.com says biodiesel and propane were talked as having some big growth potential in the trucking world.
“The vision of the U.S. biodiesel industry is to see 5% of the petroleum diesel used replaced with biodiesel by 2015 and 10% by 2022,” advised Jennifer Weaver, OEM Outreach & education program specialist for the National Biodiesel Board.
“That 5% alone would equal 1.88 billion gallons of biodiesel,” she continued, noting that “2013 was a banner year for biodiesel and the momentum is with it going into 2014.
And looking out to 2040, Weaver said by then “diesel will account for 70% of the growth in demand for all transportation fuels.”
Meanwhile, Tucker Perkins, chief business development officer for the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), sees propane autogas as “the little engine that could” as it is being adopted by more private and municipal fleets.
“Propane autogas is not a Class 8 fuel,” he hastened to add. “It’s primarily going into light-duty pickups and vans and is moving into the medium-duty market mostly in school buses but the future includes medium-duty trucks as well.”
Perkins added that propane can be stored at a low pressure as a liquid and infrastructure costs are pretty minimal for an operation. Read more here.