Ford Transit will use biodieselJanuary 29, 2020
Hydrotreated vegetable oil is an alternative to clean fuels.
Although vehicles powered by electricity and hydrogen are currently at the forefront of a green culture, there are several other technologies that offer various fuel and energy solutions.
One alternative fuel is biodiesel, which may consist of vegetable oils, animal fats, or processed restaurant fat. Although renewable biofuels have been around for many years, they are still not widely used, so it’s noteworthy that Ford Europe has announced that some Transit vans are suitable for use with commercial processed vegetable oil (HVO).
Biofuels have been used to varying degrees over the past decade. In Europe, the RecOil initiative aims to promote it by increasing the collection and processing of used vegetable oil, which comes from schools, restaurants, catering and residential buildings. During processing and production, hydrogen is used as a catalyst, which makes it a cleaner and more durable fuel.
Recent studies show that the use of HVO diesel can reduce CO2 emissions by 4-6% compared to a traditional diesel. Ford cites another example, which says that using biodiesel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% over the life cycle, taking into account the overall environmental impact of mining, transporting, refining, and ultimately burning traditional diesel fuel. The American manufacturer also claims that using HVO produces less nitrous oxide and particulate matter, which are associated with various health problems.
Ford has approved the use of HVO in its Transit vans with any of the 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel engines. To work on biofuel, vans absolutely do not need any improvements, however, the search for such fuel may be the biggest obstacle. Ford claims that biodiesel is sold at some gas stations in Europe, “mainly in Scandinavia and the Baltic countries.” It is available as pure HVO or as a mixture with conventional diesel. In addition, the use of biofuels will not affect the normal schedule of car maintenance and repair.
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