Florida’s new high-speed intercity rail chooses biodiesel

In Florida, the new South Florida high-speed inter-city rail service Brightline will be utilizing biodiesel sourced from Florida Power & Light.  Brightline is expectedl reduce emissions by removing three million cars from Florida’s roadways annually. The train will tarvel at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour.

Under a new agreement, FPL will supply 2 million gallons per year of EarthEra biodiesel to Brightline. FPL’s EarthEra is ost-competitive with traditional ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, is safe for all diesel engines with no infrastructure changes or vehicle conversion, has improved lubricity, and reduces greenhouse gases by as much as 20 percent compared with petroleum diesel, according to the ultility.

“For the past 18 years, FPL has used cleaner, high-quality biodiesel fuel in its vehicles, and it is now the primary fuel source for more than 1,750 vehicles in its fleet,” the utility company said in a statement issued last week. “Now, Brightline’s all-American trains will be running on this same fuel.”

The fuel efficiency could be substanial. A 365-passenger Brightline train is expected to consume 134 gallons in a 67-mile transit between Miami and West Palm Beach. That’s less than one quarter the 642 gallons that drivers would typically consume using the highways to make the same trip.

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