Toyota diesel engines use fuel from 100% renewable sources

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HVO100 diesel can be used in Hilux and Land Cruiser units to be produced from Q1 2023

Toyota is a pioneer of electrification, but still, as Tom Fux, the brand’s vice president of sales in Europe, recently stated on ABC: “There are not enough resources for all the batteries needed for the electric car”. The director of the Japanese company defends hydrogen and synthetic fuels to meet the European CO2 reduction targets.

And precisely the Japanese company’s most legendary models for their reliability and durability will be compatible with HVO100 diesel, which contains no fossil fuels and comes from 100% renewable sources, such as recycled cooking oil. Both the Toyota Land Cruiser and the Toyota Hilux will be part of the Toyota Proace family, which is already compatible with HVO100 diesel.

HVO100 — hydrotreated vegetable oil, or hydrotreated vegetable oil — complies with European quality standard EN 15940 for paraffinic diesel. It has a higher cetane number (c80) than standard diesel, as well as a lower content of sulfur and aromatic hydrocarbons. It is made from vegetable oil – palm, rapeseed – and recycled waste, such as used cooking oil.

HVO100 dispensers are increasingly common in European service stations and there are already about a thousand in use in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. At the same time, production is increasing as more customers move to HVO100, with an expectation of 15.5 million tons per year by 2030, compared to about four million tons produced today.

The use of HVO100 does not require any special handling or change of driving style from the customer. The main technical change compared to the current vehicles consists in adapting the fuel injection system to increase the flow rate, because HVO100 has a lower density than standard diesel.

This change will not affect the vehicle’s ability to run on standard diesel, so either fuel can be used normally. As a result of the use of HVO100 and the modification of the injection system, there is a slight increase in the maximum power developed by the engine.

Toyota Land Cruisers and Toyota Hilux with this new specification will be produced from the first quarter of 2023.

Source: La Verdad

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