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Volkswagen’s new diesel cars will work with emissions-reducing paraffinic fuels

Volkswagen’s new diesel cars will work with emissions-reducing paraffinic fuels

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Paraffinic fuels use biological components to help reduce the level of harmful emissions created.

Volkswagen has announced that its latest generation of diesel engines have been approved for use with paraffinic fuels. 


The approval comes to any Volkswagen four-cylinder diesel engine delivered since the end of June this year, allowing them to use paraffinic diesel fuels in accordance with European standard EN 15940. 

 

Paraffinic fuels use biological components to help reduce the level of harmful emissions created. One such example is a fuel made from biological residual and waste materials such as hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). These vegetable oils are turned into hydrocarbons by combining them with hydrogen. This can then be used solely as a fuel source or added to diesel in order to further cut emissions. 

 

Volkswagen says the most environmental benefit of these fuels is seen when they’re made from biological residual and waste materials such as used cooking oil and sawdust. 

 

Though many HVO fuels are already available on the market. Volkswagen says it expects the availability of these fuels to increase to a market share of 30 per cent in the next three years. 

 

Thomas Garbe, head of petrol and diesel fuels at Volkswagen, said: “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.

“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.”

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