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Shell Partners With Volkswagon and Bosch to Co-develop Low-carbon “Blue” Gasoline

a picture of a blue gasoline nozzle, to represent low-carbon blue fuel affiliated with Volkswagon

Three companies are stepping up to the proverbial plate and contributing to the grey zone between gasoline and electric vehicles.

According to a report from MotoPinas, Bosch and Volkswagon have joined forces with Shell to create a new low-carbon “blue” fuel comprised of 33% renewable ingredients.

Two of these biomass-based ingredients are naphtha and ethanol, which have been certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system as sustainable.

a graph of saved emissions and expenditures related to Volkswagon

When introduced to any compatible vehicle, this gasoline will ensure a reduction of 20% on carbon emission. That’s a decent step toward cleaner air – a step that makes affiliated companies big money when it comes to green investments.

GreenCarCongress also highlighted the importance of a fuel that has longer storage time. Sebastian Willmann, head of Internal Combustion Engine Development at Volkswagen, made the following statement:

“Blue Gasoline is another building block in the effective reduction of CO₂ emissions from the vehicle fleet. Blue Gasoline’s high storage stability makes the fuel particularly suitable for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles. In the future, the expansion of the charging infrastructure and larger batteries will mean that these vehicles predominantly run on electrical power, and thus that fuel may remain in the fuel tank for longer periods of time.”

Dr. Uwe Gackstatter, president of the Volkswagon Diesel division

Volkswagon has been using the dubbed “Blue Gasoline” to test proficiency in a group of Golf 1.5 TSI hatchbacks, and the results are stunning.  If driven 100,000 miles in one year, 1000 of these cars will have contributed to 230 LESS metric tons of CO₂ in our air.  That’s a hefty difference and something that many have decided is worth investing in. 

This blue fuel is running on the previous successes of its older sibling, “R33 Blue Diesel“, which has been in use in Germany for the past couple of years with great success – and the first country to reap the benefits of the fuel will likely be the Philipines, where fuel-injected motorcycles will contribute to the low-carbon bliss of a cleaner future.


  1. If ever there was a confounding piece, here’s a prime example.

    20% less carbon “per” kilometer driven? Don’t you mean “for every” km driven? (sorry, semantics matter!)

    You refer to this as a gasoline, yet the photo says blue diesel….which is it?

    1. Hello Stephen!
      Thank you for catching that little bit of Canadian. I have rectified everything to read consistently in terms of mi/km. Let me know if you find anything else amiss, as I had quite a bit of fun researching this topic.
      Regarding ‘blue diesel,’ I did some digging. A bit of Googling and head-scratching, and it appears that this is a car that runs on the patented R33 Blue Diesel – another brainchild of Volkswagon and the inspiration for its younger sibling, ‘Blue Gas’.
      Thanks for the heads up; the media has now been changed to suit the post.

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