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Made from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant grease, biodiesel can be used in various blends in any diesel-burning vehicle. The various feedstocks must be processed into a uniform and consistent fuel before use.

Most new diesel engines are built to run on fuels with a blend of biodiesel and more common petroleum-based diesel. The rating of blends is determined by the percentage of biodiesel in the mixture compared with petro-diesel. For example, B5 contains five percent bio-based diesel, while B20 is made up of 20 percent biodiesel. Many manufacturers specify that their engines can safely run on a certain percentage blend, such as B20 – but not stronger blends.

According to the National Biodiesel Board, 2016 models that are able to run on biodiesel include: BMW 328d, BMW X3 xDrive28d, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Ram 3500 HD, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD/3500HD, Chevrolet Express 2500/3500 Cargo Van, Ford Transit, Ford Super Duty F-250/F-350/F-450, GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD/3500 HD, GMC Canyon, Jaguar XE, Land Rover Range Rover/Range Rover Sport, Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC, Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC, Mercedes-Benz GLE300d 4MATIC, and Nissan Titan XD.

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