DAF pushed the benefits of hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO), and showed a Euro-6 LF 230 FA 4x2 skip-loader which, like all DAF models, can run on the fuel without any modifications. One of the advantages of HVO, DAF claims, is hauliers can utilise both it and diesel on tramping operations where EVs are less practical.
Marketing manager Phil Moon said: “EVs can be unpredictable in terms of range as the infrastructure isn’t there. HVO offers a 45% reduction in CO2, and you can use it on the way to a drop, but use diesel on the way back if you so wished."
But Moon explained that HVO is between 5% and 10% more expensive per litre than diesel, which puts some operators off. “If there was a government incentive like there is with EVs, more operators would take up the idea”.
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