Ford Motor Co. of Thailand says it is committed to the Thai government's plan to reduce dependency on oil imports through the use of alternative fuels.

Last year, the country imported 470 billion baht ($119 billion) worth of oil.

“If you reduce that figure by about 20%, the savings are quite considerable,” Ford Thailand President John Felice tells the Bangkok Post.

Felice says the auto maker currently is testing three E20 vehicles (E20 is unleaded gasoline containing 20% ethanol content) for the Thai market. The first to be launched could be the Escape SUV.

"I want to stress the expertise of Ford in the field of alternative fuels," he says. "We have a long and proven track record, and we want to bring that technology here and share it with Thailand.”