It’s a common concern that using HVO in place of regular diesel might void the warranty from your equipment manufacturer. But actually, most manufacturers already support an instant switch from diesel to HVO.
This guide summarises:
- Why Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) is not a ‘new’ or ‘untested’ fuel
- The wide range of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) who actively recommend HVO as a diesel alternative
- How lower blends of Prema HVO require no OEM approval at all
As we’ve outlined in a previous guide, Prema HVO is 100% interchangeable with regular diesel. Nevertheless, we regularly come across concerns that using HVO will void an OEM’s warranty, often because people think it is a ‘new’ or ‘untested’ fuel.
#1 HVO has been around for a long time
Actually, HVO has been used as a commercial fuel for well over a decade. In many ways, we in the UK are behind the times – in Sweden, for example, it has been widely available to the general public ‘on the pump’ for some time.
HVO is part of a family of cleaner, greener fuels called ‘paraffinic fuels’, which in 2016 became specified under a new UK/EU fuel standard – EN15940. This quality standard paved the way for manufacturers to formally support it in their own handbooks and guidance.
Prema HVO meets the EN15940 standard, which is why you’ll find it’s approved by most OEMs.
#2 Your OEM has probably already approved it
Given its popularity in Sweden, you might not be surprised to find that two of HVO’s biggest fans are Volvo and Scania. Both manufacturers recommend it as their ‘first fill fuel’ because of its superior performance.
However, the two Swedish giants aren’t the only well-known manufacturers to give HVO the thumb of approval. Most major OEMs have approved its use across a range of applications, including (but not limited to):
- Heavy Duty Vehicles: DAF, IVECO, MAN, Mercedez-Benz, Renault, Scania, Volvo
- Non-Road Vehicles: AGCO, Caterpillar, John Deere, Scania, STEYR
- Passenger Vehicles: Citroën, DS, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Renault, Volvo.
We can provide specific case studies and OEM approvals on request. If you’re unsure, speak to us or your manufacturer.
#3 Lower blends require no OEM approval whatsoever
As the UK’s specialist liquid fuel oil blender, we can provide Prema HVO:diesel blends at various ratios, allowing you to choose a blend that suits you.
At the lower end of the spectrum, our 20% and 30% HVO blends actually meet the EN590 fuel specification – the same as regular diesel. In other words, you can freely use these blends without requiring OEM approval. So your warranty is safer than you think.