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Volkswagen, renewable fuel firms to test renewable diesel in VW models

Volkswagen of America will test the emissions reductions and performance of advanced biodiesel and renewable diesel in two 2012 models over the next 12 months.


Volkswagen of America this week announced partnerships with renewable fuels companies Solazyme and Amyris to test emissions reductions and the performance of advanced biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel.


Volkswagen will provide Solazyme and Amyris each with the 2012 Passat TDI and 2012 Jetta TDI (pictured) to examine the effects that the fuels produced by these companies will have on Volkswagen clean diesel technology and the environment.


Amyris converts plant sugars into renewable hydrocarbons for fuel and chemical applications while Solazyme has developed a technology that produces renewable oil from algae. The 12-month test period will provide Volkswagen engineers data that will help in the ongoing development of TDI Clean Diesel technology and help the brand to develop more efficient, cleaner burning diesel powertrains.


Initial analysis indicates that advanced biofuels are comparable to standard diesel blends in terms of performance, but also offer significant opportunities to reduce vehicle emissions.


"Amyris's renewable diesel's cold weather performance, high cetane and comparable energy density to petroleum diesel have enabled us to obtain one of the highest blending registrations certified by the U.S. EPA," said Mario Portela, COO, Amyris. Portela added that nearly 200 buses in Brazil are currently running on various blends of Amyris diesel.


Solazyme's 100-percent drop-in renewable diesel is compatible with existing infrastructure and vehicles, and provides the engine manufacturer with an advanced diesel replacement that drives significant reductions in greenhouse gas, said Rogerio Manso, chief commercialization officer, Solazyme.


Volkswagen’s clean diesel TDI models accounted for 21.6 percent of sales in 2011, a significant increase over recent years. Its February 2012 sales of clean diesel products were up more than 54 percent over the prior month. The automaker also recently announced that the 2013 Beetle TDI will become the sixth clean diesel model available in the brand's U.S. lineup.


Discuss this Blog Entry 13

on Aug 23, 2013

Wow! That would be a cool remodeling from our favorite models! It’s made more efficient as well as environmentally friendly. This should include new volkswagen repair manual since there have been and engine swap. I hope to see more of these models this coming months!

on Jan 8, 2013

Every car company should follow the lead of Volkswagen when it comes to renewable energy. There should also be other incentives for companies to pursue green initiatives like providing lower interest on loans that are aimed to support sustainable green projects, like using renewable energy in products. I hope to read more articles like this in the not-so-distant future.

david harry (not verified)
on Jan 9, 2013

Volkswagen join with some renewable fuel companies to test emission test & consumption of fuel.
In analysis about fuel,the biofuel are comparable to normal diesel blends the performance & reduce vehicle emission.
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david harry (not verified)
on Jan 19, 2013

Good job for Volkswagen,join with the other company test the emission test & fuel consumption of the car.After using of this type of fuel it will be better for the engine in long life.
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on Feb 26, 2013

This is great news for Volkswagen owners. I recall one customer talking about an article released in 2009 by The National Renewable Energy Laboratory about the models being tested for B5 emission. Nevertheless, I do hope also that such renewable energy option will not only be limited to cars but also to trucks and other modes of transportation like subways, buses, and the like. This would be even greater news, if it affects a wider scale. But it may mean more taxes since having renewable energy may be expensive at this point, since it is not widely circulated in the market yet.

on Mar 26, 2013

Renewable source of energy will be used in future as petroleum products will last only few years. Our vehicles have to survive on renewable diesels or bio fuels. The demand of electric cars will increase but they are also facing the problem of charging and range anxiety.

on May 28, 2013

Clean diesel technology will be the most important technology for the today's automotive industry. Volkswagen of America making partnerships with renewable fuels companies Solazyme and Amyris for the application of bio-diesel and renewable diesel fuel in the auto industry. This step by the Company will be very much helpful for the Car users and the business itself also in future.

on Jun 18, 2013

Volkswagen is one of the most popular car maker in the automobile industry. People generally prefer this brand for its stunning style and latest technology. I have seen some of Volkswagen models and the Volkswagen Jetta, i like the most. Volkswagen Jetta really looks fantastic. Now, the Volkswagen working on fuel technology to make renewable fuel firms to renewable diesel for the Volkswagen model and for this the company making partnership with renewable fuel companies Solazyme and Amyris.

on Sep 17, 2013

Volkswagen of America will test the emissions reductions and performance of advanced biodiesel through the partnerships with renewable fuel companies. Really this is a great step by Volkswagen Motor Company. Such step is really unremarkable by the Volkswagen for pollution free environment. BMW service Los Angeles

on Sep 27, 2013

Volkswagen is a reputed brand of motor company. Volkswagen is on research of emission reductions and performance of advanced biodiesel and renewable diesel on vehicles. Really this is a good step by the Volkswagen Company. This type of vehicle will reduce pollution.
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on Oct 28, 2013

If blocking the transport of petroleum with executive orders (Keystone pipeline) is factored into the price of oil, then "yes" Obama is affecting the price of oil.
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on Sep 2, 2014

Vehicle emission issues are arising due to several issues such as; vehicle smokes and others. So in order to put a control over this we should take preventive steps; here we can get that Volkswagen tie up with renewable fuel companies to increase the performance of diesel fuel as well as reduce vehicle emission problems.
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on Sep 16, 2014

it' sound good with new era for green energy and VW is pioneer for trend and other to follow it
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