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Reducing emissions with HVO100 fuel

Toyota's diesel line-up in Western Europe compatible with HVO100 fuel
Toyota’s Land Cruiser and Hilux diesel models for Western Europe, manufactured from the first quarter of 2023, will be compatible with HVO100 diesel, a fossil-free fuel made from 100% renewable sources such as waste cooking oil.

Continually looking for cleaner mobility

In our multi-technology pursuit for cleaner mobility, we are aiming to introduce fuels made from renewable sources that have lower lifecycle CO2 emissions than fossil-fuel diesel. One of these fuels is HVO100. Several Toyota vehicles are now compatible with HVO100 fuel, offering the potential for reduced well-to-wheel CO2 emissions without impairing performance or efficiency. In Western Europe our latest models to run on HVO100 are the Land Cruiser and Hilux diesel models manufactured from the first quarter of 2023.

What is HVO100?

HVO stands for hydrotreated vegetable oil. HVO100 is made from vegetable oil such as rapeseed oil, or waste-based feedstock such as used cooking oil. HVO100 has a higher cetane number (c80) than standard diesel and has a lower sulphur and aromatics content. It meets the EN 15940 European quality standard for paraffinic diesel. Odourless and less hazardous if spilled, HVO100 has the potential to deliver a significant reduction in CO2 emissions compared to fossil diesel – up to 90% if it’s made from used cooking oil.

Increasing production and use across Europe

HVO100 fuel pumps are becoming an increasingly common sight at filling stations across Europe. Currently around 1,000 filling stations offer HVO100 in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. The fuel is labelled XTL at pumps and the same XTL label is found on the filler cap of HVO100 compatible vehicles. At the same time as more customers are switching to HVO100, production is increasing. The ambition by 2030 is to be producing 15.5 million tonnes of HVO100 every year. Currently around four million tonnes are produced per year.

Same driving experience and performance

Using HVO100 does not require any special action or change in driving style. The main technical change from current vehicles is an adjustment of the fuel injection system to increase fuel volume. This is necessary as HVO100 is less dense than standard diesel. The change does not affect the vehicle’s ability to run on standard diesel, so either fuel can be used day-to-day. As a result of using HVO100 and the adjustment to the injection system, there is a modest increase in maximum engine output. HVO100 also offers slightly better combustion and cold-weather performance than traditional diesel.