Neste testing renewable gasoline in Sweden for possible international commercialization
Finland-headed Neste Oyj, the world's leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) may be the first to have developed renewable gasoline for commercial use in the existing fleet. The final phase of testing is now beginning with the target to complete commercial tests of the fuel and thereby enabling significant reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from gasoline and hybrid cars.
The European Union (EU) recently increased its target for the reduction of GHG emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030. There are also ambitious national targets in Sweden and Finland, for example, including separate emissions reduction mandates for the gasoline pool.
However, the currently existing alternatives for gasoline-powered cars do not enable a significant reduction in fossil gasoline use in a short enough time frame.
Significant GHG reduction possible
Until now, there have been no commercial drop-in solutions for replacing fossil gasoline to reduce high amounts of GHG emissions from conventional petrol cars, without investing in new vehicles or modifying the old ones.
According to Neste, with its renewable gasoline, GHG emissions can be reduced by up to 65 percent as per a calculation method that complies with the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED), over the fuel’s life cycle when compared to fossil fuels.
The aim for Neste is to improve this figure, to eventually achieve up to 90 percent emission reduction with fuel use. This would mean that GHG emissions over the life cycle of the fuel would be equivalent to those from an electric vehicle.
With Neste’s renewable gasoline, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by up to 65 percent compared to fossil gasoline. Thus, countries could raise their national ambitions to reduce even more greenhouse gas emissions as the industry is able to introduce new, impactful solutions, said Carl Nyberg, EVP, Renewable Road Transportation at Neste.
Testing in Sweden
The product fulfills EN228 standard and can be used in both existing and new gasoline and hybrid cars. Renewable gasoline can, therefore, provide yet another tool for the EU’s 55 percent reduction by 2030 goal.
Tests of the new fuel are ongoing together with Powertrain Engineering Sweden AB, a supplier to Volvo Cars and other manufacturers with powertrains and the next-generation hybrid system is now evaluating Neste’s renewable gasoline.
We are following the development of renewable fuels, such as Neste’s renewable gasoline, with great interest, and we believe it has great potential. The combination of our products and Neste’s renewable gasoline will allow vehicle owners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 65 percent, said Michael Fleiss, CEO for Powertrain Engineering Sweden.
The testing takes place both in a laboratory setting with a free-standing engine as well as through Neste’s own road tests with two vehicles.
The purpose of the tests is to study the properties of the fuel and to make adjustments to the fuel, to further reduce emissions before commercial tests. Neste is planning to evaluate the results during the coming months.