In 2006, BDS began adding Volkswagen Jetta Diesel's to our fleet of vehicles in conjunction with Commissioner Randy Leonard's Renewable Fuels Plan, which mandated that fuel stations in Portland add a minimum 5% blend of biodiesel (B5) fuel to their pumps.
Currently the bureau has 14 fuel-efficient Jetta Diesels that run on B50 (a 50% biodiesel fuel blend) instead of petroleum diesel, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to cleaner air in Portland.
We've known for years now that we love our Jettas because we feel good about contributing to a cleaner environment, but last week that was affirmed by Green Car Journal. They just named Volkswagen's 2009 Jetta TDI Clean Diesel their 2009 Green Car of the Year.
What's so great about biodiesel? Well, the raw oil used to make it comes from canola, which can be grown right here by Oregon farmers, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and keeping Oregon dollars in Oregon. And, burning biodiesel in our diesel vehicles instead of petroleum diesel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70%. I'm breathing easier just thinking about it.
Customer Service Manager