VW says its new biodiesel produces fifth less emissions

The R33 BlueDiesel can be used in traditional diesel vehicles without need for conversion

Volkswagen (VW) has finished testing its R33 BlueDiesel fuel, which it says produces a fifth less emissions than traditional diesel.

The newly developed fuel enables carbon dioxide savings of at least 20%, enabling major fleet customers to achieve climate protection goals without having to convert the engines of their existing vehicles.

VW employees tested the new fuel over a period of nine months, leading to it now being used permanently at the firm’s filling stations in Wolfsburg – introduction at further locations is planned.

R33 BlueDiesel has a bio content of around 33%, which is made up of residual and waste materials such as old chip fat.

Project Manager Professor Thomas Garbe said: “R33 BlueDiesel is particularly suitable for companies that rely on diesel vehicles due to their long fuel ranges and still want to achieve their environmental goals.

“We are preparing for a significant increase in demand for liquid fuels from residual materials and for advanced biofuels in the medium term.”

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