Is synthetic fuel cleaner than electric? This is what Porsche claims to justify its choice.
The end of fossil fuels is near, whether with government measures or by depleting resources. To continue, manufacturers are scratching their heads to find alternative solutions. Especially passionate car makers, who find their salvation in synthetic fuels. If McLaren has already mentioned the solution, it is Porsche’s turn to speak out on the subject.
A total impact equivalent to that of an electric
Interviewed by Autocar, Dr. Frank Walliser, Motorsport and GT division boss, believes that e-Fuel thermal engines will prove to be as clean, if not cleaner, than electric alternatives: “Synthetic fuel is cleaner (Editor’s note: than traditional gasoline). We expect an 85% reduction in CO2. From a well-to-wheel perspective, and you have to consider the whole chain for all vehicles, this will be the same level of CO2 produced in the manufacture and use of an electric vehicle ”.
An electric car generally emits more CO2 during its manufacture than a thermal vehicle, the latter would take the advantage here with a lower CO2 impact during use.
Dr. Frank Wallisser to continue: “The general idea behind these synthetic fuels is that there are no mechanical changes required, unlike what we have seen with E10 or E20 ethanol. So really, anyone can use it. It has no impact on performance, there are even a few more horsepower, but the emissions are much better, we see less particles, less NOx ”.
Make gasoline with wind
The spokesperson also put forward Zuffenhausen’s roadmap in this area. Thus, Porsche and its partners (Siemens Energy, AME, Enel and the Chilean company ENAP) will set up a factory in order to produce e-Fuel from 2022 and reach a production volume of 550 million liters in 2026.
The Porsche e-Fuel will be made from hydrogen and carbon captured in the air. The combination of the elements will make it possible to create methanol, which will then be transformed so that it can be used in the engines of gasoline cars, whether thermal or even hybrid. The manufacturing will be done from wind energy in a factory in Chile.