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Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend is a diesel fuel that is made with at least 80% renewable diesel and up to 20% biodiesel, with no more than 1% conventional petroleum diesel. Primarily made from renewable resources, Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend provides a lower life cycle carbon intensity than conventional petroleum diesel under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend meets or exceeds industry standards and conforms with ASTM* D7467.  

 

Since the product contains between 6% and 20% biodiesel, California requires that the official name include Biodiesel B20. As such, labels near product prices (e.g., price signs, dispenser IDs) will identify the product as "Renewable Biodiesel B20." The product is also commonly called R80-B20.

 

According to the California Air Resources Board as of Q1 2022, renewable and biodiesel made up 43% of all diesel sales in California. 

 

*ASTM International, is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services including Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants.

The terms renewable diesel and biodiesel are often used interchangeably, although they are produced differently. Both renewable diesel and biodiesel are derived from the same feedstocks. Feedstocks are the raw materials used to create the fuel and can include soybean oil, used cooking oil, tallow and other plant- and animal-based oils. The primary difference is in the way each is processed into a fuel which affects their composition.

Renewable diesel is a renewable fuel that can be used in conventional diesel engines as an alternative to petroleum diesel. It is primarily made from non-petroleum renewable sources such as soybean oil, used cooking oil, tallow and other plant- and animal-based oils, with a maximum of 0.1% of its composition deriving from conventional petroleum diesel. Renewable diesel is processed in a refinery, similarly to conventional diesel and meets the same standard ASTM D975 specification. Renewable diesel is 100% comparable to conventional Diesel No. 2 and is often referred to as “Biomass-based” diesel. The orange, regulatory decal indicates the percentage of renewable diesel that the fuel contains.

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel made primarily from non-petroleum renewable sources such as soybean oil, used cooking oil, tallow and other plant- and animal-based oils. These feedstocks are processed to produce the raw, degummed oil which is then reacted with methanol in a processing plant to produce biodiesel. This resulting biodiesel is suitable for blending with renewable and conventional petroleum diesel to produce blends typically ranging from 5% (B5) to 20% (B20).

Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend has physical properties that benefit the combustion process in diesel engines, resulting in lower engine-out emissions of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulates than conventional petroleum diesel.

Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend is sourced primarily from renewable sources and has a lower carbon intensity on a life cycle basis. This means a lower sum of greenhouse gases emitted throughout the full fuel life cycle calculated under California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard methodology. Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend has a greater cetane number, than conventional petroleum diesel which can also improve cold start performance in certain engines. Because Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend is derived from renewable feedstocks, it has a lower lifecycle CI than conventional diesel.

Yes. Almost all major on-road engine manufacturers have endorsed B20 as an acceptable fuel. There are a few examples of vehicles where the manufacturers have not yet endorsed B20, predominately for older model years. Chevron has been piloting B20 at select retail stations in California for over a year and is expanding the stations that offer the product.

 

Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend can be used interchangeably with conventional diesel in most modern vehicles. The product meets or exceeds the ASTM D7467 specification for diesel fuels with biodiesel blended up to a 20% level, commonly referred to as B20. Almost all major engine manufacturers have approved the use of B20.  Exceptions include mostly older model year equipment. If approved for these older model years, make sure to monitor rubber sealing components in contact with the fuel for any leakage signs.  

 

Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend, as with other diesel fuels, may form solid material that can clog vehicle fuel filters below freezing temperatures, potentially interfering with vehicle operability. During these times, Chevron and its suppliers may lower the biodiesel content in the product to help avoid this possibility and ensure the product performs. B20 blends are not recommended for use in locations with daytime high temperatures below freezing.  

 

Please check your owner’s manual before using.  Manufacturer’s recommendations vary and may include reduced fuel system and lubrication system maintenance intervals, cautions against long term storage, and cautions when operating below freezing temperatures.  If your vehicle is approved for B20, you may use Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend. 

The product will be labeled as “Renewable Biodiesel B20” and will also be identified as Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend. There will be a blue label on the dispenser with the percentage range of the biodiesel in the blend. There will also be an orange label with the percentage of renewable diesel that is identified as “Biomass-Based Diesel”. *Both these labels and the language on them are required by the Federal Trade Commission. *

Since Renewable diesel meets ASTM D975 specification it is Diesel No. 2.  Renewable diesel is often referred to as “Biomass-based” diesel.  The orange decal indicates that the fuel contains a percentage of renewable diesel which is typically 95% or 99%.  Despite how the federally required language on the bottom of the decal may read, this fuel does NOT contain 95% or 99% biodiesel.

Chevron Renewable Diesel Blend is produced from a variety of renewable sources, which can affect the color of the fuel. It is normal for fuel color to vary. This product meets or exceeds industry standards and conforms with ASTM D7467. 

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