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All current Mitsubishi Fuso truck models are equipped with the necessary components to ensure B10 compatibility.
The Malaysian government has implemented the minimum biodiesel fuel content to be from 7 per cent palm oil to 10 per cent from 1st December, 2018. The B10 biodiesel programme would be implemented in stages to drive the demand for palm oil and increase the sustainability of energy resources and export competitiveness of the palm oil industry. The use of B10 biodiesel by the transportation sector would be made mandatory nationwide on 1st February, 2019 and would affect diesel-using vehicles such as trucks, buses and selected private cars.
What is B10 Biodiesel?
B10 biodiesel is produced from a mixture of 10 per cent palm methyl ester (PME) and 90 per cent diesel. There are a number of reasons why Malaysia is pushing for higher biodiesel blends. The first is the potential of reduced air pollution as it could help lessen carbon emissions and acid rain to the environment and greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing the blend would also reduce the dependency on fossil fuels, which would safeguard the country against foreign exchange volatility particularly since Malaysia is the world’s second largest producer of palm oil. The use of local resources as renewable fuel would indirectly support palm oil smallholders and related industries.
Biodiesel blends were introduced in the country since June 2011 with the B5 Biodiesel, followed by B7 in December 2014. However, there are other countries such as Indonesia, which had used B10 since 2013 before moving to B15 in 2015 and B20 in 2018.
B10 Biodiesel Concerns
Although there were some concerns raised regarding the suitability of B10 Biodiesel for diesel-powered vehicles and the possible effects on diesel engines, tests conducted by the Japan Auto-Oil Programme (JATOP) and Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) from 2007 to 2011 on various types of methyl esters observed little to no fuel filter plugging or injector deposits. The tests also showed the degradation of engine oil using palm methyl esters were within the acceptable limit of the oil performance test. The B10 blend palm methyl ester was deemed to be slightly better than regular diesel in certain aspects, including fuel flow and engine torque, and was shown to have cleaned fuel injectors that regular diesel does not.
For what it’s worth, JAMA stated that it did not oppose Malaysia’s implementation of the B10 biodiesel as long as its conditions were met. As far as the Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB) is concerned, the number of laboratory and real-world engine testing conducted locally and abroad had shown that there would be no major issues that would arise from using B10 biodiesel. The board also stated that both it and the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) would continue to engage relevant stakeholders to ensure a smooth implementation of the B10 programme.
Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks are Fully B10 Compatible!
All current Mitsubishi Fuso truck models (i.e. FE71PB, FG83PE, FE85PE, FE85PG, FM65FJ, FM65FN and FN62FM) are equipped with the necessary components to ensure B10 compatibility without any compromise to engine performance and durability.
The warranty coverage for the above Mitsubishi Fuso truck models would remain unchanged under the conditions that the service interval schedule is adhered to for each model and performed by a Fuso authorised service centre.
从2018年1月12日起，马来西亚政府落实将生物柴油里的最低棕油含量从原来的7% 提高至10%。B10 生物柴油计划将分阶段落实，以推动棕油需求，增加能源资源的可持续性与出口竞争力。政府将于2019年2月1日强制 全马的运输业者使用B10 生物柴油 ，而这将影响使用柴油的车辆如卡车、巴士及特定的私家车。
B10生物柴油是以10% 的棕榈甲酯（PME) 和90% 的柴油混合制成。马来西亚推动更高的生物柴油混合燃料有好几个原因。第一是降低空气污染，因为它可以协助降低环境中的碳排放和酸雨，以及温室气体排放。提高该混合可降低对化石燃料的依赖，也可使我国对抗外汇波动，尤其是马来西亚是世界第二大的棕油出产国。采用本地的资源作为可再生燃料将间接支持小股东和相关行业。
我国早在2011年6月就开始推行生物柴油混合，当时是B5 生物柴油，接着在2014年12月推行B7。然而，已经有其他国家如印尼，早从2013年就已经开始使用B10 生物柴油，随后在2015年采用B15和在2018年使用B20。
尽管B10 生物柴油是否适合用于柴油驱动的汽车和它对柴油引擎可能造成的影响，引起了一些关注，然而由日本汽车石油计划（JATOP) 和日本汽车制造商公会（JAMA) 从2007至2011年对各种甲酯进行的测试结果显示，只有极少或者完全没有燃油过滤器堵漏或喷射器沉淀物。该测试也显示采用棕榈甲脂的引擎油降解是在可接受的机油性能表现测试限度之内。 B10 混合棕榈甲酯在某方面，被认为比一般柴油稍微好一点。这包括燃油流动和引擎扭矩，燃油喷射器显得更干净，这些正是一般柴油所欠缺的。
目前现有的扶桑车型如FE71PB 、FG83PE、FE85PE、FE85PG 、FM65FJ、FM65FN 及FN62FM都配备了所需要的组件，确保可在不影响引擎的性能与耐用性下兼容B10。
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