Biodiesel beats conventional diesel in Peugeot Denmark road test  

2007.03.02
A 3 month road test in Denmark of a 30% biodiesel fuel in the latest HDi turbodiesel engines produced some surprising results
Biodiesel is high on the technological agenda in Denmark these days. Just a week ago we reported that a new innovation consortium, Waste 2 Value, is being established in Denmark to develop and refine production of biodiesel from waste and slaughterhouse by-products. Now Peugeot and Statoil have published the results of a road test carried out here using a 30% biodiesel fuel in the latest HDi turbodiesel engine from Peugeot and Citroën.
 
The results of the Danish test, which involved nine vehicles over a 3 month period, produced some unexpected results. The 30% biodiesel powered engines not only produced the same starting ease, acceleration and running in towns and on motorways, they were also perceived as being a little smoother and quieter. But the real surprises came when engine power and efficiency were analysed: a Peugeot 407 used in the test delivered 7% more horsepower from the biodiesel, while the test cars generally squeezed about 4% more kilometres per litre (or miles per gallon if you prefer) compared with conventional diesel.
 
Peugeot acknowledges that the fuel which was used in the test - which contained 30% Danish produced rapeseed oil – was geared very much to the future in percentage terms. But the company wanted the test to do exactly that - see into the future and form an impression of what biodiesel can offer – down the road.
 
The news was reported by national daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

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