Biodiesel Truck Fleet Becomes 'Baker's Dozen'

Seattle's Essential Baking Company took another alternative to the streets, replacing its entire fleet with 13 biodiesel-powered delivery trucks

Published: 01-Jan-2006

For 11 years they’ve been the Northwest’s bakery “alternative” by serving European artisan bread comprising organic ingredients. In December, 2005, The Essential Baking Company took another alternative to the streets with the use of its new fleet of B99 biodiesel delivery trucks. The bakery sold off its entire fossil-fueled fleet in favor of leasing 13 biodiesel-powered trucks.

Peter Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer of the 200-employee Essential Baking Company, said in a news release that aside from the rising costs of traditional fossil fuels, switching to a biodiesel delivery fleet stemmed primarily from the company’s socially responsible and ecologically friendly philosophies. Simply put, “going biodiesel” was better aligned with the brand’s core values.

Comprising the fleet are nine new Dodge Sprinters, three Ford Cargo E250’s, and one Isuzu NPR Box truck. The Essential Baking Company delivers within a 40-mile radius of Seattle. All bakery goods are now delivered using the new biodiesel trucks.


The D1 Lola B2K is only capable of 200mph, some 15mph slower than its petrol-powered competitors, but Lola hopes that, as it will need fewer pit stops to refuel, it could be quick overall.

Enterprise purchased five Jeep Liberties outfitted with standard diesel engines that require no modifications to run on biodiesel, which it keeps filled with B20 biodiesel.


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