Ford Trucks is taking steps to reduce emissions in commercial vehicles. In partnership with CMB.Tech, the company is transforming a Ford F-Max truck into a diesel/hydrogen dual-fuel vehicle.
This innovative technology allows for the injection of hydrogen into the existing diesel engine, resulting in reduced diesel consumption and emissions. The collaboration between Ford Trucks and CMB.Tech paves the way for uncomplicated and cost-effective adoption of hydrogen technology in commercial fleets.
The conversion process involves retrofitting the Ford F-Max truck with CMB.Tech’s dual-fuel technology. This technology introduces a hydrogen injection system into the intake tract of the diesel engine. When hydrogen is present, it is drawn into the combustion chamber, reducing the need for diesel during the combustion process. This not only lowers diesel consumption but also leads to a decrease in emissions and particle emissions. In the absence of hydrogen, the truck seamlessly reverts to running on diesel alone.
CMB.Tech, a cleantech company under Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), specializes in hydrogen and ammonia-powered applications for industrial and maritime use. The collaboration between CMB.Tech and Ford Otosan has been ongoing for three years, focusing on the development of dual-fuel technology. The conversion process takes just three days, involving the installation of hydrogen tanks, injection systems, and an additional engine management system that enables the integration of diesel and hydrogen. Ford highlights the scalability and affordability of this conversion method, making it accessible to fleet owners seeking to embrace hydrogen technology.
The adoption of diesel/hydrogen dual-fuel technology in commercial trucks offers several benefits. By reducing diesel consumption, the technology contributes to a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, helping to combat climate change. The reduction in particle emissions also improves air quality, particularly in urban areas. Moreover, the ease of scalability and cost-effectiveness of the conversion process make it an attractive option for fleet owners looking to transition to cleaner fuels.
Ford Trucks’ collaboration with CMB.Tech to develop diesel/hydrogen dual-fuel technology represents a significant step towards decarbonizing commercial vehicles. By harnessing the power of hydrogen, these converted trucks offer reduced emissions, improved fuel efficiency, and a pathway to cleaner transportation. As the world shifts towards sustainable and low-emission solutions, such partnerships and innovative technologies play a vital role in driving the adoption of hydrogen in the commercial vehicle sector.