Ford's green fuel choices


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Ford's green fuel choices

Headquartered in Dearborn, Ford was founded by Henry Ford in 1903. From value-for-money family cars to high-performance vehicles that can zip to 60mph in the blink of an eye, Ford manufacturers them all. The American car manufacturing giant has also been at the forefront of green initiatives. Over the years, Ford has launched several eco-friendly cars especially designed to help their owners reduce their carbon footprint. To uphold its commitment to contributing to sustainability, Ford has developed various engines that can handle green fuel choices. The question to ask here is what are these green fuel choices? Keep reading to get the answer to this question.

Propane autogas
Propane autogas or liquified propane gas is a mixture of hydrocarbon gases. The two most common gases in the mixture include butane and propane. A clear liquid known as ethyl mercaptan or ethanethiol is added to the mixture. This liquid helps detect leaks. Around 90 percent of propane gas used in the country is produced domestically. Unlike many other fuel choices, propane does not have a negative impact on the vehicle’s performance. Propane is nontoxic and more affordable than conventional fuels.

Biodiesel
Biodiesel is derived from animal fat. Most biodiesel-based products offered in the retail diesel marketplace are a blend of biodiesel and traditional petrodiesel fuels. To help buyers determine the amount of biodiesel in a mixture, producers have developed a system known as the B factor. Some codes used to signify the amount of biodiesel in a mixture are:

B100-100 percent biodiesel
B20- 20 percent of the mixture is made up of biodiesel
B5-5 percent of the mixture is made up of biodiesel
B2-2 percent of the mixture is made up of biodiesel
Though biodiesel is usually more expensive than petrodiesel, it burns cleaner.

Compressed natural gas
Compressed natural gas or CNG is a cleaner alternative to gasoline and diesel. Landfills and biological waste produce CNG. In the US, CNG is usually distributed in hard containers. CNG is made by compressing natural gas. It is more eco-friendly and affordable than conventional fuels.

CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package developed by Ford is capable of utilizing CNG. Ford also offers a range of flexible-fuel vehicles that are capable of utilizing different gasoline and ethanol blends.


Source: Ford