Fleet operators using diesel forklifts from Linde Material Handling are now able to replace diesel with hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) to fuel the machinery without need for any modifications.
The HVO fuel is produced by hydrotreating renewable substances like vegetable oils, animal fats, and waste materials. This process removes impurities like sulphur from the raw materials to create fuel with a chemical structure similar to that of conventional diesel fuel.
Frank Bergmann, Senior Product Manager for counterbalanced forklifts said: “By approving this fuel for our diesel forklift engines, we are giving our customers the chance to massively reduce the carbon footprint of their diesel forklifts without having to invest in additional infrastructure.”
He added: “Customers who don’t wish to switch to electric forklifts in the short term can now improve their carbon footprint by changing to HVO.”
HVO fuel can be mixed with diesel or replace it entirely in Linde’s forklifts.
Linde claims that customers opting to fuel its forklifts exclusively with HVO could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90% and limit the emission of other greenhouse gases like nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide.