Since we also offer HVO with our TapUp delivery service, we get a lot of questions on whether HVO is suitable for the vehicles being driven. What are the requirements and dependencies? And why do some car brands approve the use of HVO fuel and others don’t? Below you will find the answer!
When is a vehicle qualified for HVO fuel?
HVO fuel falls under the EN15940 standard from an admixture of 30% HVO with regular diesel. From HVO30 the fuel does not meet the EN590 standard, this is due to the lower density than diesel, it has not yet been released for all engines. That is why the new standard EN15940 has been set up. In order to use this fuel, engines will have to be recertified according to the emission requirements of the plants. In addition, they will have to test whether the fuels are technically satisfactory due to the potentially slightly faster and heavier combustion. It may not be a problem, but it should be released from the plant.
Broadly speaking, older generation engines are rarely or never given permission to use EN15940 fuels. Truck manufacturers such as DAF, Scania, MAN and Volvo are at the forefront of the approvals. Often it concerns the latest generation of on-road Euro 5 models and now increasingly also the Euro 6 engines. Euro 4 models and below have no additional emission-reducing systems and are therefore generally not approved for HVO.
But why does one brand approve and the other not? It is important for some car brands such as Scania and MAN that their cars can run on HVO. Scania considers alternative energy to be very important and therefore offers HVO and electrical solutions, among other things. While, for example, Ford focuses much more on long-distance drives over the sometimes poor quality roads in the US and HVO is, therefore, less important.
Scania ahead in HVO
Scania is one of the brands at the forefront when it comes to both the approval and application of HVO fuel. For example, Scania itself reduces its carbon footprint on all journeys between the plants in Sweden and the Scania plant in Zwolle with the Scania Transport Laboratory. All trucks run on HVO100. The vehicles drive approximately 27.3 million miles per year. By using HVO100, about 870 tonnes less CO₂ is emitted.
Refuelling HVO on location
However, there are unfortunately only a limited number of points where you can get HVO. As a result, extra miles often have to be made to refuel cars. Shell TapUp solves this by refuelling directly at the company’s location. This saves a lot of time, miles and thus also CO₂ emissions.
An extensive list with the release of car brands can be downloaded here.