GM Gets Sustainable Fuel Award

GM’s drive towards sustainability got the recognition from the National Biodiesel Board, which has just given the company the Innovation Award for the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel. The awards recognizes individuals, organizations or companies with the best idea, new products, research results, invention or marketing strategy to promote biodiesel and improve its use.

The Cruze Diesel is the cleanest diesel passenger car GM has produced, and it’s the first diesel passenger sedan in the U.S. to support the use of B20 biodiesel blends. These blends use 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent conventional diesel, mitigating emissions and reducing fossil fuel dependence. Clean diesels generate at least 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions when compared to previous-generation diesels.

In terms of performance, the Cruze Diesel delivers an estimated 46mpg on the highway, beating all non-hybrid passenger cars in America. It can travel 717 miles on a single tank, which equals to about 10 hours of highway driving.

Biodiesels are part of the GM’s strategy to create a cleaner driving experience. These include more electric vehicles, more efficient gas engines, and vehicles powered by alternative fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

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