The NFU is encouraged by today’s announcement by the Ford
Motor Company that it is to spend at least £1 billion developing
a range of greener vehicle technologies in the UK including the
creation of biofuel models.
Ford Focus Flexi-Fuel Vehicle (FFV)
NFU President Peter Kendall said: “We’ve been championing
farming as one of the answers to climate change and a source of
secure energy reserves for some time now. It looks like there is
real commitment from a major motor manufacturer to get this industry
off the ground.
“Ford has clearly seen the advantages of producing vehicles
which will make use of the green fuels that are now available,
such as bioethanol and biodiesel. All petrol and diesel sold in
the UK has the potential to contain up to 5% bioethanol or biodiesel,
and this investment decision should create a momentum to include
even higher proportions of green fuels in the blend.
“Farmers want to contribute here and renewable energy from
farmland and particularly set-aside land provides a lot of answers
for the country. There is no doubt that the development of greener
fuels is a great business opportunity and farming is a modern dynamic
business which is eager to be involved.”
Ford have committed to delivering over 100 models and derivatives
that offer improved emissions or fuel economy performance, and
will include lightweight, hybrid electric and biofuel vehicles.
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