Environmental Projects

BSR has a major environmental commitment aimed at reducing the negative effect on the environment of internal combution engines, and we have been awarded the Environmental Diploma by the local authorities (Municipality of Växjö). BSR has several projects researching conversion of engines to alternative fuels. These projects have shown that with correct tuning for each fuel type and quality, greater power can be obtained, while still complying with EU standards for exhaust emissions.

We have carried out a large number of EU exhaust emission tests, on our tunes and with alternative fuel projects. These tests using EU 2000 EC 98/69 standards showed, for example, that emissions after our Stage 1+ tune on VAG 1.8T engines were very similar to the emissions from an un-tuned car, satisfing all requirerments.

Early Projects

 - 1997 BSR converted a Volvo 945 to E85 on behalf of the Municipality of Växjö. The car satisfies exhaust/emission standards that apply to petrol even with E85 and has been driven 160,000 kilometers without any problems. - The project was followed up by a further conversion of a Volvo 945 LPT for the Municipality of Aneby in 1999.
- 1999 BSR optimised a Volvo 945 LPT for a 50/50 mixture (50% ethyl alcohol and 50% petrol) which also incorporated a quick and simple switching system to run 100% petrol. The car's owner is the former Environmental Manager in Växjö, Malte Sandberg, who has tested the car for some 70,000 kilometers.
- 2000-2001 we converted a Skoda 1,8T to E85 on behalf of the Municipality of Växjö. Emission tests, in accordance with EU norms again showed that we can satisfy the standards for petrol, even with E85 fuel.
- 2003 BSR converted the world's first rally car to run on E85.

- BSR & Emissions Legislation - BSR has worked actively since 1997 to influence authorities to effect improvements in legislation, among other things in our role as referral body for “Exhaust Cleaning 2000”. The aim was to establish a certification system for accessories and tuning systems, which is also supported by the Swedish Ministry of the Environment. In April 2000 the commission of inquiry into exhaust cleaning was made official. BSR was appointed as one of the bodies of reference and carried out lobbying related to "chip" tuning and environmental conversion. The Special Traffic Committee unanimously followed BSR's advice to introduce a certification system. Our efforts during 2005 resulted in action from the Swedish Road Administration, who on behalf of the Government produced a proposal regarding conversion of vehicles for alternative fuels. The law came into effect on the 1st January 2008.

BSR is a member of the Environmental Vehicles South association. An association for companies and private individuals who have cars and are considerate of the environment. The goal of the association is to introduce of more vehicles with a reduced effect on the environment with a particularly focus on non-fossil fuels and on a greater number of service stations with alternative fuels. The association takes part in environmental exhibitions, lectures in schools and will arranges environmental conferences on environmental vehicles and conversions. More info at the associations web site (In Swedish) www.miljofordonsyd.se

- BSR & BEST - BSR was a part of a major EU project - BEST (Bio Ethanol for Sustainable Transport) – 2006-2009. The project involved a number of ethanol vehicle research and funding projects. In Stockholm 127 ED95 buses and five ED95 ethanol fuel stations were funded within the BEST project.
As part of the BEST project BSR developed the world's first diesel car converted to bioethanol and exhibited at the Malmö Motor Show. BSR optimised a diesel powered Saab 9-3 for the fuel E95 (95% ethanol). The result is reduced fuel consumption, high performance and reduced exhaust emissions.
Technical facts; Saab 9-3 with an original Saab diesel engine, with the combustion chamber modified, fuel system and engine software adapted. - Max power 195 h.p., torque 410 Nm - Low fuel consumption, road tests show approx. 5 lit/100 km and 95 % less fossil CO2 emission, lower dangerous hydrocarbons and nitric oxide exhaust emission and almost complete elimination of particle emission.

BSR & St1 - Energy company St1 has recently been traveling all over Sweden meeting local politicians, exploring opportunities to site their production facilities for bioethanol.The tour has taken place in an experimental car that only releases 45g CO2 / km with the E85, thus meeting the definition of an environmental super-car. St1 built theToyota Prius with the help of BSR to demonstrate how quickly environmental benefits can be achieved with simple modifications to existing technology. The car has been converted to an ethanol hybrid that runs on ethanol blends from E70 to E85, and can also be charged directly from the mains. In addition it is equipped with lighter rims, eco-tires and has been lowered 30 mm to reduce drag, reducing fuel consumption. Click here to read more

BSR Sponsorships - We also support several environmental organisations to which we give an annual contribution as a corporate sponsor.