The biodiesel-powered model will be launched in Europe, where a few select service stations will supply the fuel.
Europe wants to meet strict targets for reducing emissions from new vehicles by promoting electric cars. But the market continues to invest in other options to replace petroleum derivatives.
Ford has announced that its Transit van line has been licensed to run on HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil), a type of renewable diesel that, in addition to used cooking oil, can include animal fats, fish and other by-products in its composition of industrial processes.
Advantages of HVO
By using hydrogen as a catalyst in the production process, HVO burns cleaner and has a longer lifespan than conventional biodiesel. Reduces greenhouse gases by up to 90%, emits less NOx and particles, and also makes it easier to start the engine at low temperatures.
There are companies in Europe that are dedicated to collecting used cooking oil from restaurants, industries and schools, and the European Union maintains a program, called RecOil, to increase its reuse in biodiesel production.
Ford has tested Transit’s HVO 2.0 EcoBlue engine to ensure performance and durability, without any fuel modifications.
HVO in some stations.
HVO is sold at select petrol stations in Europe, mainly Scandinavia and the Baltic States, both in its pure form and as a mixture with conventional diesel. In other markets, it is also used by companies with large fleets of vehicles that need to improve their ecological footprint, by purchasing directly from specialist suppliers.
If the vehicle needs to refuel in an area where HVO is not available, the driver can use conventional diesel – the fuels can be mixed in the tank without a problem.
Allowing our vans to run on waste fuels such as used cooking oil might sound absurd, but HVO is actually a solution for drivers and fleet owners to help improve the air quality of the car. each.
Hans Schep, Director of Ford Commercial Vehicles for Europe.