On Tuesday, Nokia will conduct a test drive with a tractor equipped with a diesel engine, which will be refueled with electric fuel. This marks the first time that electric fuel made from green hydrogen and carbon dioxide will be tested in vehicle use. The fuel can be used to replace fossil diesel fuel in areas that are difficult to electrify, such as heavy road traffic and shipping. In addition, it can be used in work machines.
VTT’s project, which started in 2021, received EUR 3.3 million in funding from Business Finland, and in addition, the companies’ parallel research and product development investments increase the funding to more than EUR six million. The tractor is being tested at the factory of Agco Power, which manufactures diesel engines.
The test drive will last several hours and will measure the fuel consumption and the amount of various emissions in the exhaust gases. Kari Aaltonen, director of product development at Agco Power, stated that this is an opportunity for them to gather information about the usability of the electric fuel in practical operation.