Volkswagen praises ‘sensible’ decision to commit to diesel vehicles with new biofuel

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The newly developed diesel fuels contain bio-components that offer “significant CO2 savings of between 70 and 95 percent” compared with conventional diesel. Volkswagen plans to reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet in Europe by 40 percent by 2030.

While they are increasingly focusing on fully and partially electric vehicles (EVs), it expects that this fuel-use approval will also play its part.

All Volkswagen models with 4-cylinder diesel engines (TDI) delivered since the end of June this year (CW 25/21) have been approved for operation with paraffinic diesel fuels.

This is in accordance with European standard EN 15940.

Paraffinic fuels are produced from biological residual and waste materials such as hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO).

These are then converted into hydrocarbons by a reaction with hydrogen and can be added to diesel fuels in any quantity.

V-Power diesel and HVO are currently available in the UK.

Professor Thomas Garbe, Head of Petrol and Diesel Fuels at Volkswagen, said Volkswagen is continuing to support the use of diesel.

He explained: “Through the use of environmentally friendly fuels in the approved Volkswagen models, we are making it possible for customers throughout Europe to significantly reduce their CO2 emissions as soon as the fuel is locally available.

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“For example, the use of paraffinic fuels is a sensible additional option particularly for companies with a mixed fleet made up of models with electric and conventional drives.”

Biofuels such as HVO are already available on the market, and it is likely that their share could increase to 20 to 30 percent in the energy market for road transport in Europe within the next 10 years.

Volkswagen added that other e-fuels such as Power-to-Liquid (PtL) will be offered in future.

These are produced from regenerative sources using CO2 and electricity. In this process, excess green energy could be used in their production.

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