Friday, April 19, 2024

Germany will allow new type of diesel from April

The Germans must not only be able to pour old cooking oil on their diesel cars. Motorists must be able to fill it up at the country's gas stations.

The Germans already have – just like the Danes – the option of refueling with diesel made from natural gas instead of crude oil. The so-called GTL diesel.

That's what Auto Motor und Sport writes.

But now the German government wants to go even further. From April, it will therefore be legal – and therefore possible – to fill up with HVO diesel.

In other words, synthetic diesel made from, for example, old cooking oil or waste products. For example, animal fat or fish oil from waste fish.

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The good thing about synthetic diesel is that it is, frankly, better than diesel made from regular crude oil. At least when it comes to the environmental impact.

From production to consumption, there is a CO2 reduction of up to 90 percent when it comes to HVO diesel, compared to regular crude oil-based diesel.

In addition, HVO diesel reduces the emission of a number of harmful substances – including NOx particles – by up to 30 percent. That's what the Danish energy company OK writes.

In Denmark, we have been able to fill up with HVO diesel since 2019. But it is only now that the Germans are jumping on the bandwagon.

At the same time, the Germans will also allow XTL diesel, which is another form of synthetic diesel. It is made from, for example, paraffin oil.

Back in Germany, the country's Ministry of the Environment expects that around five percent of all the country's 14,500 gas stations will initially offer diesel motorists HVO diesel. So there is no question of a huge spread. Not even nationwide.

In principle, most diesel cars will be able to run on synthetic diesel without problems. But if you are in doubt, it is best to check with the car brands' regulations and approvals first.

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