Blue Gasoline with 20 percent lower CO₂ emissions

Bosch, Shell, and Volkswagen develop renewable gasoline

Stuttgart, Germany – The available range of renewable low-carbon fuels is growing. Following on from R33 Blue Diesel, Bosch, Shell, and Volkswagen have now come up with a low-carbon gasoline.

“On the road to climate-friendly mobility, we must ensure we don’t leave any technical opportunities untapped, starting with electromobility and ending with renewable fuels. Every bit of CO2 we save can help us achieve our climate targets.”

Dr. Uwe Gackstatter

Dr. Uwe Gackstatter

President of the Bosch Powertrain Solutions division.

The new fuel, called Blue Gasoline, similarly contains up to 33 percent renewables, ensuring a well-to-wheel reduction in carbon emissions of at least 20 percent per kilometer driven. This means a fleet of 1,000 VW Golf VIII 1.5 TSIs alone could save more than 230 metric tons of CO2 per year, assuming an annual mileage of 10,000 kilometers each. Shell will offset the remaining carbon emissions from the use of Blue Gasoline through certified offset arrangements. The initial plan is to make the fuel available at regular filling stations over the course of the year, starting in Germany.

Blue Gasoline fuel complies with the EN 228/E10 standard and even exceeds it in key parameters such as storage stability and boiling behavior. High-quality additives also keep the engine extremely clean and protect it against corrosion. This means not only that the fuel can be distributed via the existing filling station network, but also that it can be used in all new and existing vehicles for which Super 95 E10 gasoline has been approved. The proportion of up to 33 percent renewables is made up of biomass-based naphtha or ethanol certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system. One source of such naphtha is what is known as tall oil, a by-product in the production of pulp for paper. But naphtha can also be obtained from other residual and waste materials.

Renewable fuels are not a substitute for electromobility

Blue Gasoline with 20 percent lower CO₂ emissions

Blue Gasoline with 20 percent lower CO2 emissions

For Bosch, renewable low-carbon and carbon-neutral fuels will not replace electromobility, but complement it. In principle, the use of these fuels makes sense in all modes of transport, but especially in those for which there is as yet no clear and economical path to electrification. In addition to ships and aircraft, this applies primarily to heavy goods vehicles and existing vehicles, but also to all the vehicles with internal-combustion engines or hybrid powertrains that are on the world’s roads today or will be built in the coming decades. To promote rapid market uptake for these fuels, the focus is on renewable biomass and synthetic fuel components that can be blended into regular fuel in high proportions in line with existing fuel standards. By using Blue Diesel and Blue Gasoline, Bosch is demonstrating that it is not just up to new vehicles to reduce the transport sector’s CO2 emissions: the existing fleet can also help achieve climate targets.

Gasoline direct injection

Gasoline direct injection

Flexible in use, for various system pressures up to 350 bar.

In 1951, Bosch launched gasoline direct injection and has been the technology's trailblazer ever since. As a result of increasing motorized mobility worldwide, coupled with the desire for lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions, gasoline direct injection is still regarded as a key technology with huge potential. The proportion of vehicles with gasoline direct injection is set to increase further in future.

The Bosch gasoline direct injection portfolio includes the functional areas of fuel supply, fuel injection, air management, ignition, engine management and exhaust-gas treatment. Bosch also offers system solutions in order to make valuable contributions to meet exhaust and emissions targets such as EU6d, e.g. through downsizing and CVO (controlled valve operation).

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