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06-12-2018 | Consumables | News | Article

Volkswagen's R33 BlueDiesel is on the Way to Series Production

Patrick Schäfer

According to Volkswagen, the R33 BlueDiesel biofuel has been successfully tested. Its use can save at least 20 percent of CO2 compared to regular diesel fuel. 

Volkswagen reports that it has been testing its newly developed R33 BlueDiesel fuel at its in-house filling station in Wolfsburg for almost a year. Up to one third of the fuel consists of renewable components and it enables CO2 savings of at least 20 percent compared to conventional diesel fuel.

The biofuel was jointly developed with Coburg University in Germany. The fuel contains old cooking fat, which is filtered, cleaned and processed into a paraffin mixture or biodiesel. The admixed content can be up to 33 percent of the basic diesel fuel. Since R33 BlueDiesel complies with the diesel standard DIN EN 590, it can be used without engine conversion and produced as a standard fuel at any time without any restrictions. Shell Global Solutions is Volkswagen's current fuel supplier. 

VW's R33 BlueDiesel reduces CO2 emissions

The biodiesel is now to be offered on a permanent basis at the Group's various filling stations, including in Salzgitter, Germany. "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," says project manager Prof. Thomas Garbe from Volkswagen's Development department.

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