While most automakers are slowly shying away from diesel engines, it seems that isn't the case for Volkswagen. The German marque recently announced that their new generation four-cylinder diesel engines are cleaner than ever thanks to the use of paraffinic fuels.
For those unfamiliar, paraffinic fuels are newly developed diesel fuel that contains bio-components. These are produced from biological residual and waste materials such as HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil). Over in Europe, these fuels are already available on the market and will give consumers an alternative to eco-friendly mobility.
According to Volkswagen, the use of paraffinic fuels will give their diesel engines a 70 to 95% decrease in carbon emissions over conventional diesel motors. While the press release focuses mostly on fleet vehicles, the automaker adds that the new diesel engines found in Volkswagen models delivered since June have also been approved to use the new cleaner fuel. These models include the Tiguan TDI and even the eighth-generation Golf in GTD trim.
“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,” said Thomas Garbe, Head of Petrol and Diesel Fuels at Volkswagen.
With Volkswagen claiming their new diesel engines produce very low CO2 emissions thanks to the new environmentally fuels, this would seem perfect for a diesel-loving country like the Philippines. Now if only the VW engines and the paraffinic fuels were available locally.