Have you driven a Ford lately?

By | October 14, 2009
The NBB's work with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) through the OEM outreach program, which promotes greater acceptance and use of biodiesel blends, has yielded results as Ford Motor Co. unveiled its all-new diesel engine. Engineered and built by Ford, the B20-approved engine will debut in the Ford 2011 F-Series Super Duty truck, which will hit dealer showrooms mid-2010.

"This is the first of what we expect to be many formal announcements of B20 approval in new clean diesel technology," said Steve Howell, NBB technical director. "With the formal approval and acceptance of B20 in the 2011 Super Duty, Ford now has a clean, green engine of tomorrow that will also reduce NOx emissions by more than 80 percent."

The NBB and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have spent more than $10 million testing B20 to evaluate the fuel's compatibility in new diesel engines and aftertreatment systems. In addition, many OEMs are doing their own durability tests on biodiesel blends.

"It's rewarding to see the efforts by NBB and NREL start to pay off," Howell said, noting that most of the NBB funding for the testing was provided by U.S. soybean farmers through the soybean checkoff program. "The engine makers asked for an ASTM B20 blended standard, in addition to the pure biodiesel standard, and we worked hard to get it passed."

Ford's support for B20 could have substantial market implications. Ford currently dominates the on-road diesel truck market with nearly a 46-percent market share of the diesel vehicle registrations in the U.S., according to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
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