James Blond Transport

An Auckland vehicle hire firm saw a business advantage in switching to biodiesel, believing it would boost its overall appeal and attract customers keen to do their bit for the environment
Description of facility: 

The firm chose not to run a pilot nor liaise with the fleet’s engine manufacturers; most of the fleet was no longer under warranty, so retaining warranty status was not a consideration.
Following discussions with supplier Environ Fuels, a 1,000 litre fuel storage tank was installed at the James Blond site (at no cost to the rental company) and the commercial fleet switched fuels in September 2009, using a blend of 20% biodiesel
with ordinary diesel (B20).
No modifications to the engines or fuel systems were required, other than having to change the fuel filter at each vehicle’s next service – standard practice when switching over to biodiesel.

Facility type: 
Liquid biofuel
Application: 
Transport Fuel Supply
Fuel/Feedstock: 
Used Cooking Oils
Co-generation: 
No
Address: 
4004 Great North Road
Region: 
Upper North Island
Geo Location: 
Further information: 
James Blond Ltd – seeing a competitive edge: EECA case study