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Chevron, Toyota showcase renewable fuel blend during road trip along Mississippi Gulf Coast

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Chevron and Toyota have partnered together to showcase a new gasoline blend with more than 50 percent renewable fuel during a road trip across Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

The trip began in Pascagoula — which is home to Chevron’s largest refinery in the nation — and used Toyota’s Tundra, RAV4, and Camry to give a demonstration of the new fuel.

Additional stops were made in Canton, Baton Rouge, and Houston before ending in Plano, Texas.

According to Chevron, the gasoline is more than 40 percent less carbon intensive than traditional gasoline on a lifecycle basis by using a variety of feedstocks and technologies.

Along with innovation from engine manufacturers and public policy supporting lower carbon fuels, renewable gasoline blends are intended to reduce the carbon intensity of light and medium-duty vehicles already on the road.

Alan Sudduth, manager at Mississippi Policies and Government Affairs at Chevron Product Co., said during an interview on MidDays with Gerard Gibert that the company hopes the blend of gasoline will be available to consumers in the near future.

“The great thing about this is that this fuel requires no new infrastructure, no new vehicles, you don’t have to go buy a new engine,” Sudduth said. “It is something people that are on the road today and car owners today can use today.”

Sudduth explained that Chevron believes that the new fuel will be an additional option to low carbon-intensity transportation rather than a replacement for electric vehicles.

“We’re hopeful that the consumers and the manufacturing industry will see this as an ‘and’ rather than an ‘or,'” Sudduth said. “We believe that electric vehicles have a place in a lower carbon future… but when you consider 265 million vehicles in the United States alone are gasoline powered, we can have an impact on those car owners and on the owners of those that will be made in the future.”

He added that Chevron is not the only company that has been working on creating a renewable gasoline blend that is compatible with preexisting internal combustion engines.

“There are other companies who are working on blends and I believe they have blends that they are introducing, so I think it’s an industry-wide effort,” Sudduth stated. “We are excited about how that will have a tremendous impact lowering carbon emissions in transportation while also being something that is accessible and available and affordable.”

The full interview can be watched below.

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