It’s possible the fuel is the problem that causes most of the emissions and the solution to the fuel issues is the new Porsche eFuel.
For many years, automakers have been trying to find ways to reduce the emissions exhausted by vehicles with internal combustion engines. This new fuel is expected to be nearly 85 percent cleaner for the environment and could work with existing engines, which just might save the gasoline engine.
Isn’t Porsche Going Electric?
With the new Porsche Taycan on the market and nearly all models being made from Porsche expected to offer at least one electric variant soon, why would this company look to make better fuel? The simple answer is that many of the Porsche models made in its history are still on the road and the company wants to keep these cars driving. This means a new fuel is needed that can work right in existing engines.
The Porsche eFuel Comes from a Collaborative Effort
To develop this new fuel, Porsche has teamed with Siemens to work together and create a product that not only works great in the engines we have in our current vehicles but also burns much cleaner than gasoline.
This Fuel isn’t Hydrogen
Those that think the Porsche team simply put a fancy name on a hydrogen fuel cell product are wrong. While eFuel is a derivative from hydrogen, it doesn’t require the heavy battery pack and cooling that’s needed to operate a fuel cell vehicle. Instead, this fuel uses an electrolysis process to bring it to a product that can work in the vehicles we drive.
The process splits water into hydrogen and oxygen gasses and then uses captured carbon dioxide combined with the hydrogen to create synthesized methanol. This methanol can be used in the methanol-to-gasoline process created by ExxonMobil to be blended to the fuel standards we see today.
Why is it Called eFuel?
When reviewing the process of creating the Porsche eFuel, there doesn’t seem to be anything electric about it except for when water is split. The “e” part comes from the fact that Porsche can see this fuel being used in a renewable way to avoid the use of any fossil fuels in the future.
What Are the Benefits of Porsche eFuel?
The biggest advantage of eFuel is the production of CO2 which is expelled into the atmosphere. This fuel uses a closed-loop process and a byproduct of current engine fuel to fuel the process. This results in a reduction of 85 percent of the CO2 emissions by a vehicle. This level of cleaner-burning could greatly impact the automotive world as a whole.
Another benefit of this new fuel is the fact that current gas station equipment can be used to fuel vehicles with it. This could save a lot of money in the process of transitioning from gasoline to eFuel for the future. While Porsche eFuel is still in its infancy, we can certainly see how this new fuel could be the saving grace for the internal combustion engine.