Hart’s European Fuels News has reported that Ford Europe will install the Rhodia “Eolys” cerium fuel-borne catalyst (FBC) scheme on cars to boost diesel particulate filter (DPF) regeneration starting later this year, as Rhodia will publicly announce this week.
After initial rollout this year, the DPF/FBC system eventually will extend to the entire range of Ford-Europe’s diesel vehicles, the report said.
The paper also said that Renault reportedly is about to announce its intent to install DPFs on its “Vel Satis” luxury car next year, using a platinum-catalysed soot filter, according to separate reports from Automotive News and Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung last week.
The Ford DPF will reduce particulate matter (PM) emissions to “a level equal to or less than ambient levels,” Rhodia told European Fuels News.
“Further optimisation of the system is already planned to extend DPF maintenance intevals to 120,000 miles, and a future combination with nitrogen oxides (NOx) aftertreatment systems,” Rhodia said, according to European Fuel News.
The report said that Rhodia expects that DPF-equipped cars in Europe will rise from 400,000/year in 2003 to 1 million/year by 2005.