biodiesel

In a turn of events, the Government and the private sector will postpone the implementation of B10 (blending of 10% palm methyl ester with 90% petroleum diesel) biodiesel in Malaysia until further notice. The decision came after a meeting by the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), following an appeal from the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI).

According to The Sun Daily, MPIC surmised that there was inadequate data that B10 biodiesel was compliant with the specifications of all the carmakers that are invested in Malaysia’s Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) programme.

Present at the meeting were MPIC’s secretary-general, Datuk M. Nagarajan, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Malaysian Biodiesel Association (MBA), Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

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“It’s not that we don’t support B10 bio-diesel. But there is the matter of scientific and replicable data. Car makers need to respect their customers in terms of warranties,” a source told The Sun Daily.

The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has claimed that the usage of biodiesel in grades higher than B7 may result in fatty-acid methyl ester (FAME) mixing with the motor oil, causing the oil to thin and possibly leading to sludging in the engine.

Various manufacturers like BMW Malaysia, Isuzu, Toyota and Volkswagen have issued their concerns in relation to B10 biodiesel implementation. On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia says that its diesel-powered vehicles will be fully compatible with the new blend.

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“It was noted at the meeting that a few days’ test drive of a few diesel cars up and down Cameron Highlands does not constitute a robust trial. It would be ideal if MPOB could do a lab research in cooperation with the relevant auto makers,” said a source who attended the meeting.

“Even the Japanese Automotive Manufacturers Association (JAMA) has cautioned its members with operations in Malaysia against the use of the type of B10 biodiesel as proposed by MPOB,” the MAA council member said.

What are your thoughts on the implementation of B10 biodiesel in Malaysia? Is it something that diesel vehicle owners will welcome and benefit from, or will it lead to increased visits to the service centre? Have your say in the comments section below.