Audi Says 2 A3 TDIs Performed Flawlessly 1,000 Miles on RenDiesel Synthetic Fuel
October 25, 2010
by Scott Doggett
Two Audi A3 TDI models running on Rentech's synthetic RenDiesel fuel flawlessly completed a 1,000-mile tour spanning the length of California, the German automaker reported today.
The endurance drive started in Eureka last Monday with the intent of demonstrating that today's diesel technology and advanced synthetic fuels each offer significant green advantages. The vehicles averaged 40 and 43 miles per gallon, Audi said.
Clean-diesel engines can make significant contributions in the push to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and fuel consumption to make the U.S. less reliant on imported oil. Combining clean-diesel technology with ultra-clean synthetic fuels can further reduce both greenhouse gases and tailpipe emissions.
Currently available in the U.S., the Audi A3 TDI provides environmental benefits by producing about 30% less greenhouse gas than a car powered by a comparable gasoline engine, with up to 50% better fuel economy.
"The potential of clean-burning synthetic diesel, such as RenDiesel, to produce even less emissions, indeed points to a bright future ahead for Audi TDI technology as a viable green solution," the automaker said in a statement.
The vehicles ran the entire route on Rentech's synthetic diesel fuel. It's expected to be produced in commercial quantities in Rialto, California, in a few years from green waste and other organic materials diverted from landfills.
The RenDiesel fuel used on this drive was produced from natural gas at Rentech's demonstration plant in Colorado. RenDiesel can also be made from synthetic gas produced from biomass and waste resources.
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