Audi Vehicles Can Now Run on Vegetable Oil

Audi claims that hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) will be compatible with its six-cylinder turbo-diesel engines producing up to 210 kW (281 hp) of power. The company’s pursuit of decarbonization and carbon neutrality within its model portfolio before 2030 has culminated in the use of this technology to produce renewable fuel.

The car manufacturer from Ingolstadt has claimed that it will continue to develop more vehicles that can use hydrotreated vegetable oil in the future.

Audi’s Development Officer, Oliver Hoffman, said,

We’re optimising our existing combustion engine portfolio for more efficiency and lower emissions. One way we’re doing this is by creating the requisite technical foundations for the use of sustainable fuels such as HVO.

Powertrains such as the R4 TDI installed in vehicles like the A4, A6, A7, and Q5 have been certified in Sweden for HVO use since the middle of last year,

HVO and its Advantages

HVO is a renewable biofuel created from excess or waste materials such as vegetable oils from the food sector or agricultural residue. The material is converted into aliphatic hydrogen by combining these substances with hydrogen. Aliphatic hydrogen is compatible with diesel engines and can replace fossil elements in fuels, blended with conventional diesel fuel, or utilized as a pure fuel on its own.

Utilizing HVO instead of conventional diesel is beneficial for reduced CO2 emissions, cleaner combustion, and increased combustion efficiency.

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