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Ride and Drive Day

Ride and DriveIt’s ride and drive day at the conference. Even the general public is invited in to pick a new vehicle to test out. On hand are company representatives to answer questions about the vehicles too.

There are four vehicles outside the San Diego Convention Center from Hino, Ford, General Motors and Jeep. I chose the Chevy Cruze and rode along and made a little video clip with my Google Glass. It will give you an idea of what the experience is like.

There are lots of new photos in our online album now too:
2014 National Biodiesel Conference Photo Album

Chevy Cruze Receives Innovation Award

Innovation AwardThe first of this year’s Eye on Biodiesel Awards was presented this morning for Innovation. It was presented to General Motors and the B20-Approved Chevrolet Cruze.

General Motors continues to be a leading biodiesel supporter among OEM’s. This year the company took another step forward introducing the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel – the first B20-approved light-duty passenger sedan. This new technology diesel engine powered by ultra-low sulfur biodiesel blends provides tailpipe emissions as clean as or cleaner than natural gas and gasoline, while providing superior fuel economy, horsepower and durability. The Chevy Cruze is the cleanest diesel passenger car model ever produced by General Motors and with the use of clean, renewable B20, it’s also now the greenest.

Accepting the award was Shailesh Lopes, Sr. Fuels Engineer, GM Powertrain, Fuels Group. Making comments was Chris Farmer, Manager of Aftersales, Chevrolet Southern California.

You can listen to comments from Chris here: Chris Farmer Remarks

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Become the Winning Underdog

Jim CraigHopefully many of you remember or know about the 1980 Winter Olympics when the U.S. Hockey Team won gold. It’s one of the greatest moments in U.S. sports history. Well today the goalie for that team took the stage to talk to us about winning teamwork – Jim Craig.

Jim gave a very motivating and inspirational speech in which he encouraged all elements of the biodiesel industry to come together as a team. When comparing the industry to the petroleum industry in this fight that includes the current RFS situation he said to “Become the winning underdog.” I visited with him right after his speech.

You can listen to my interview with Jim here: Jim Craig Interview

You can listen to a brief excerpt of Jim’s remarks here: Jim Craig Remarks

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Joe Jobe Opening Speech

NBB Joe JobeThis morning Joe Jobe, CEO, National Biodiesel Board, rallied the troops at the National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego. He told attendees that the petroleum industry is misleading Americans about fuel policy and called on President Barack Obama to stand firm behind his previous commitments to supporting alternative energy industries.

In his annual address at the Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jobe shed light on current industry challenges and exposed cracks in how we think about energy.

He pointed out that biodiesel’s story is not unique, “Biodiesel’s story is an example of how effective government policy can be to jump start a fledgling industry. That is the same story of nearly every new industry that involves technological development. Strong government policy support along with a unique spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, and risk-taking are the primary reasons that so many major modern industries had their start in America.”

2014 National Biodiesel Conference Photo Album

Going Strong in San Diego

2014 National Biodiesel ConferenceThe 2014 National Biodiesel Conference is already going Strong here in San Diego. Attendees got registered today and started networking right away. For many, it’s like seeing family again.

This evening we got together for a welcome reception at the San Diego Convention Center. It looks like we’re going to have an even larger crowd than was first thought!

I’ve got photos to share with you and tomorrow will have full coverage of the opening general session and interviews and more. Right now you can find photos online which I will be adding to when I can throughout the convention: 2014 National Biodiesel Conference Photo Album

2014 National Biodiesel Conference – Strong

2014 National Biodiesel ConferenceIt’s that time. The 2014 National Biodiesel Conference is next week folks. Hope you’re ready. I’ll be on location once again and working as the Biodiesel Blogger bringing you all the action.

Things will get going late Monday and through Wednesday. You can find the program here. I’ll be sharing lots of photos and interviews as I find them. Hope you enjoy them.

John Davis, DomesticFuel.com, got a preview of the conference from NBB CEO Joe Jobe last month. Listen in here: Joe Jobe, CEO NBB