Peugeot and Citroën accept HVO-type renewable diesel

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Peugeot and Citroën, together with parent company PSA Group, have accepted 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 the major truck manufacturers Volvo, Scania, Mercedes, DAF, and MAN - have already published their acceptance of the fuel and promoted its use to reduce carbon emissions.

All Peugeot and Citroën 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, such as Neste renewable diesel, as long as these fuels meet the new standard EN 15940.

The EN 15940 is a new standard for paraffinic diesel, recently approved by the European Committee for Standardization, specifying the quality and properties of the so called "second generation" or "advanced" renewable diesel fuels which are either synthetic or produced from renewable raw materials through hydrotreatment.

The EN 15940 standard guarantees the fuel's high quality and makes it easier for all vehicle manufacturers to authorize its use as such, as well as to offer it warranty and exhaust gas approvals. The standard will be implemented Europe-wide by the end of 2016.

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