Porsche wants to prove that e-fuels can give combustion engines a future beyond 2030 when petrol and diesel cars are no longer for sale
- Porsche bosses have said banning combustion engines is the wrong decision
- The German brand says lawmakers should ban the burning of fossil fuels
- Car manufacturer develops its own e-fuel that reduces CO2 emissions by 85%
- Bosses are pushing for synthetic fuels to keep gasoline-powered cars like the 911 on sale
Sports car maker Porsche has said the e-fuel it is currently developing in South America should open the legislative door for combustion engine vehicles to remain on sale beyond 2030.
The UK, along with a number of other countries including Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, plans to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel models from 2030 as part of growing efforts to reduce air pollution and make transport greener to make.
However, Porsche bosses said banning the engines is the wrong decision and lawmakers should ban the burning of fossil fuels but allow synthetic fuels to maintain the availability of combustion engine cars beyond the end of this decade.
Porsche’s greener fuel will be tested in 2022: bosses of the German sports car manufacturer hope that the successful development of synthetic fuels can ensure that models with internal combustion engines remain on sale beyond 2030.
Porsche is partnering with Siemens Energy to build an e-fuels development plant in Chile – and has plans to begin trials in 2022 that could save its powerful gasoline cars from extinction.
The German automotive giant has planned its own synthetic fuel that it claims will cut CO2 emissions from internal combustion engines by as much as 85 percent to make them as green as – or greener than – battery-powered vehicles. take into account the carbon footprint created during production and delivery.
The fuel does not require any modifications to a car and is compatible with both current and older vehicles.
Speak against Coach shops This month, R&D boss Michael Steiner suggested that his in-development e-fuel could enable the company to continue selling combustion engine models – such as its iconic 911 and hugely popular Boxster convertible – in addition to electric cars beyond 2030. the UK.
He said Porsche is ‘convinced’ that it is a ‘misunderstanding’ by regulators that internal combustion engines should not be green, adding that the problem is not the internal combustion engine itself, but the fuel it burns.
‘We do a lot to convince that, in terms of regulations, there must be room for such cars to run on e-fuels. We do not know whether this is actually reflected in the legislation, but in principle the wrong thing is beaten, ” he told Autocar.
Porsche is partnering with Siemens Energy and Energy companies to develop and create a plant in Chile (pictured) that would create the ‘world’s first integrated commercial industrial plant for making synthetic climate neutral fuels’.
Steiner added that he hopes that the rapid development of his synthetic fuels in the world’s first integrated, industrial-scale, industrial-scale plant for making synthetic climate-neutral fuels will demonstrate to governments worldwide that new gasoline cars should not be banned from the market. . end of the decade.
However, he admitted that some people need to be convinced that e-fuels are feasible and effectively reduce emissions.
He also reiterated that Porsche’s ambitions remain focused on electrification for the future.
Porsche has already started the transition to electric vehicles, with the launch of the impressive Taycan – priced from £ 70,690 in the UK – from 2019. It also recently released the Taycan Cross Turismo – a station wagon version of the same car with some off-road power. .
R&D boss Michael Steiner suggested the e-fuel under development could enable the company to continue selling combustion engine models – as if it were the iconic 911 – alongside electric cars after 2030 in the UK .
Last month, Dr. Frank Walliser, the company’s head of motorsport, confirmed that next year the brand will begin testing with synthetic fuel, which Porsche believes can make its high-performance gasoline cars as fuel-efficient as an electric vehicle.
He explained that the company, which is working with partners in South America, will “ definitely ” begin trials in 2022, although they will be “ very small volume ” initially.
“It is a long way with huge investments, but we are sure it is an important part of our global effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector,” he added.
In December, the company announced a new partnership with energy companies Siemens Energy, AME and Enel and the Chilean petroleum company ENAP.
The goal is to build a factory dedicated to the commercial production of synthetic fuels in Chile, which will use the site’s windy environment to produce eFuels using wind energy.
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