Vehicle manufacturer Ford has approved the use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) in its Transit vans, sourced from waste oils, including used cooking oil collected from restaurants and kitchens.
The use of renewable diesel instead of conventional fossil fuels can contribute to improvements in air quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% compared with regular diesel. Vehicles running on HVO also emit fewer nitrogen oxide emissions and particulates than other diesel vehicles.
Ford tested HVO in its 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine to ensure no modifications were required, and that servicing would not be affected. No further development of the fuel was required before it could be used in Ford’s most recent Transit vans.
“Enabling our vans to run on fuel made from waste, including used cooking oil, may sound far-fetched but using hydrotreated vegetable oil is, in fact, a very real way in which Transit drivers and fleet operators will soon be able to help everybody enjoy improved air quality,” commented Hans Schep, general manager of commercial vehicles at Ford Europe.
HVO is available at selected fuel stations in Europe, mainly in Scandinavia and the Baltics, where it can be offered in a pure form or as a blend with regular diesel.
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