CNH ANNOUNCES FULL SUPPORT OF B5 AND BACKS B20
LAKE FOREST, Illinois(April 3, 2006) - CNH Global N.V. (NYSE: CNH) said its industry-leading Case IH and New Holland agricultural equipment and Case and New Holland construction equipment brands fully support use of B5 blends (5% biodiesel and 95% petroleum-based diesel) on all engines they manufacture. In addition, use of 20% blends is possible on all engines other than common rail.
B5 blends must meet the requirements of U.S. standard ASTM6751 on the base biodiesel stock or European standard EN14214. When using higher 20% blends certain handling and maintenance requirements come into play, and customers are advised to speak with their dealers on specific issues.
CNH is committed to working with its partners to push toward higher-level biodiesel that will be a compatible fuel source in future low-emissions compliant engines and has initiated aggressive field tests to evaluate the performance with 100% biodiesel. CNH will take advantage of the Fiat Group's technological know-how.
Among our customers there is a growing demand for equipment that runs on cost effective, environmentally friendly fuel. Biodiesel allows for reducing dependence on imported oil and offers improved advantages while lowering emissions. This alternate fuel is equally compatible with agricultural equipment such as tractors whose engines run at constant speed as it is with construction equipment such as wheel loaders that operate at variable speeds.
The long-term effects of biodiesel in higher blend ratios have yet to be confirmed with current production engines, and CNH is continuing to study impacts of those applications. It is demonstrating its commitment to renewable alternate fuels through research and a long-standing association with the U.S. National Biodiesel Board ("NBB"). In 2002, New Holland became the first farm equipment company to join an offspring of the NBB, the National Biodiesel Alliance, an information-sharing group committed to exploring biodiesel issues.
Biodiesel is processed from vegetable-based oils derived from soybeans in North America (SME) and rapeseed (RME) in Europe and is used in various mixes with standard petroleum diesel.