Fuel Alternatives of the Future

Chevron has fit-for-purpose solutions to match a variety of customer needs.

October 11, 2023

(This article first appeared in the October issue of NACS Magazine.)

Over the last 143 years, Chevron has weathered numerous energy transitions. Today, Chevron’s differentiated energy transition strategy is to lower the carbon intensity of its operations and expand lower carbon businesses, including a rapidly growing lower carbon fuels business.

Regardless of where retailers, marketers or station owners are on their lower carbon journey, Chevron has a product to fulfill the needs of its customers. Chevron offers solutions that are fit-for-purpose, with customer needs varying by regulation, fleet size, geography and payload/cargo. Operators benefit from close retail partnerships and the education that comes with Chevron’s product evolution and initiatives.

A recent notable achievement is the demonstration of Chevron’s renewable gasoline blend, an innovative new fuel which aims to help address transportation sector carbon emissions. It has a life cycle carbon intensity that at scale production would be more than 40% lower than traditional gasoline. Chevron’s renewable gasoline blend, a drop-in fuel, is compatible with current infrastructure and gasoline-fueled engines on the road today. If produced and marketed at scale, this lower-carbon-intensity gasoline could unlock the potential for motorists to be a part of a lower carbon future without switching vehicles.

These renewable gasoline blends are designed to be seamlessly integrated into the light-duty sector, with no changes to existing engines or infrastructure. This makes them an appealing option for reducing life cycle carbon emissions in the near-term. The fuel performs interchangeably with traditional gasoline but emits less carbon dioxide on a life cycle basis.

Chevron Expands Quality Renewable Biodiesel Offering

In June 2022, Chevron acquired Renewable Energy Group (REG) to boost its renewable fuels expertise. Founded in the late 1990s, Renewable Energy Group has grown to have a portfolio of 11 biodiesel and renewable diesel production facilities in the United States and Europe and is one of the largest biofuels producers in the United States.

Chevron Renewable Energy Group spent over six years developing a next-generation, high-quality biodiesel. This biodiesel is produced using advanced refining processes and testing procedures for blending with renewable diesel and is used to create Chevron renewable diesel blends. These blends are currently offered throughout California and are expanding into the Pacific Northwest. Chevron’s renewable diesel blend is compatible with current station infrastructure and diesel-fueled vehicles on the road today.

Chevron’s renewable diesel blend is a diesel fuel made with at least 80% renewable diesel and up to 20% biodiesel, typically with no more than 1% conventional petroleum diesel. In limited applications, the blend ratios of Chevron’s renewable diesel blend may be altered to include more petroleum diesel to manage cold flow properties. Primarily made from biofeedstocks, Chevron’s renewable diesel blend provides a lower life cycle carbon intensity than conventional petroleum diesel.

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