Peugeot and Citroën, together with the parent company PSA Group have announced their acceptance of the use of fully fossil-free, HVO-type (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) renewable diesel in the group’s passenger cars and vans.
This is a long-awaited first formal announcement of such an acceptance from manufacturers of light-duty vehicles, as the heavy-duty sector, such as major truck manufacturers Volvo, Scania, Mercedes, DAF and MAN, have already published their acceptance of the fuel.
All Peugeot and Citroen passenger cars and vans with Euro 5 and Euro 6 standard engines in Norway and Sweden are now approved to run on the HVO-type renewable diesel, as long as these fuels meet the new standard EN 15940.
The new diesel fuel standard EN 15940 is expected to speed up the rate of approvals from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The EN 15940 is a new standard for paraffinic diesel, recently approved by CEN (European Committee for Standardization), which specifies the quality and properties of second-generation or advanced renewable diesel fuels, which are either synthetic or produced from renewable raw materials through hydrotreatment. EN 15940 guarantees the fuel’s high quality and makes it easier for all OEMs to allow its use, without voiding OEM vehicle warranties.
The standard will be implemented Europe-wide by the end of 2016.