Terms the ASTM D975 Product ‘A True Drop-In Fuel’
Volvo Trucks North America has approved the use of renewable diesel fuel for all of its proprietary Volvo engines. The company says it’s “the first OEM to endorse the use of advanced hydrocarbon renewable diesel fuel.”
“Environmental care is a core value of Volvo Trucks, and we are pleased to offer our customers another alternative fuel choice,” Volvo Trucks North America development, specialty vehicles and alternative fuels sales director Frank Bio said in a release.
“Availability of renewable diesel fuel is growing in California and throughout the country,” he said. “Renewable diesel meets the same ASTM D975 standard for petroleum diesel, making it a true ‘drop in’ fuel.”
Volvo terms renewable diesel a “second generation alternative fuel,” explaining that it is derived from biomass feedstocks, including oils or animal fats. But, “unlike conventional biodiesel, which is produced through a transesterification process, renewable diesel is made through a different process using the same feedstocks.
A Greenhouse Gas Advantage as High as 80%
“The resulting fuel has a much lower cloud point, which improves the low temperature performance issues commonly associated with conventional biodiesel.”
Renewable diesel can lower the environmental impact of vehicle operation, reducing particulate matter for pre-EPA 2010 engines. “Renewable diesel also requires less maintenance costs when compared with other alternative fuels, and there is no warranty risk for using renewable diesel fuel to power any Volvo model equipped with a Volvo engine,” Volvo says.
The manufacturer notes that the California Air Resources Board’s Life Cycle Analysis of renewable diesel under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard shows reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of 15% to 80% depending on feedstock source.
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