New York food delivery fleet converts to biodiesel
FreshDirect, an online gourmet food purveyor in New
York City, announced that it has signed a contract with Tri-State Biodiesel
to begin conversion to biodiesel fueling. Beginning in early January
of 2008, FreshDirect’s fleet of 150 delivery trucks will start the switch
to B5, a blend of 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent regular diesel.
By February 2008 the company plans to use B5 in its entire fleet.
The biodiesel blend will be supplied by Tri-State Biodiesel.
Starting in the fall, FreshDirect began donating cooking oil from its
kitchen to be used in Tri-State’s non-toxic diesel fuel. With this change,
FreshDirect furthers its partnership with Tri-State to reduce emissions
and cut back on use of fossil fuel products. In fact, biodiesel reduces
CO2 emissions over 78 percent compared to petroleum diesel. According
to studies, biodiesel will reduce smog and air pollutions, helping to
make New York City a cleaner city.
Additionally, FreshDirect will also begin testing and
using idling reduction technologies to allow truck engines to be turned
off automatically after three minutes during loading and delivery. While
FreshDirect strictly prohibits drivers from idling, this new functionality
enforces compliance. By the end of the year, 10 percent of FreshDirect’s
trucks will be running this technology.