Enterprise Holdings, owner and operator of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent-A-Car brands, is piloting a program with Mansfield Oil Company to use renewable synthetic diesel fuel in its airport shuttle buses at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans and Houston Hobby Airport in Texas.
Lee Broughton, head of corporate sustainability for Enterprise Holdings, said the company is following their continuous effort to help the clean fuel market grow and increase opportunities for alternatives to become more viable by using synthetic diesel and implementing alternative fuels.
According to the Southwest Research Institute, advantages of synthetic diesel compared to petroleum-based diesel include a 16 percent reduction in particulate matter. Sixty-eight percent was reduced in non-methane emissions. Thirty-three percent has also been reduced in NOx gases and 23 percent in carbon monoxide.
“Synthetic diesel is a sustainable, ultra-clean burning, high-cetane fuel that reduces carbon emissions up to 70 percent and significantly reduces particulates and NOx when combusted in existing diesel engines,” said Doug Haugh, president of Mansfield Oil Company. “Enterprise is the first car rental company in the United States to utilize renewable synthetic diesel to power their shuttle buses. Mansfield’s partnership with Enterprise further emphasizes our shared commitment to introducing new transportation fuels to the U.S. market while maintaining a high standard of service for our customers.”
Enterprise also supports renewable fuels research.