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Dedicated plant will produce sustainable fuel for existing combustion-engined Porsche models
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16 February 2021

Porsche sports car boss Frank Walliser said the company is aiming to begin trials of its own synthetic fuel next year, and that it will be compatible with unmodified combustion engines. 

Speaking ahead of the unveiling of the new 911 GT3, he said: "We are on track, together with our partners in South America. For sure, in 2022, it will be very, very small volume for the first trials.

"It's a long road with huge investment, but we are sure that this is an important part of our global effort to reduce the CO2 impact of the transportation sector."

Last year, the company announced partnerships with energy firms Siemens Energy, AME and Enel and the Chilean petroleum company ENAP, with the ambition of developing a plant for the commercial production of synthetic fuels, or e-fuels, on an industrial scale. The first stage, called Haru Oni, was set to use southern Chile’s “excellent” wind conditions to produce synthetic fuel with the aid of wind power.

The plant is set to be in operation by 2022, and will ramp up to producing 55 million litres of synthetic fuel by 2024, and roughly ten times that amount by 2026. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume outlined the motive for the project: “Their advantages lie in their ease of application: e-fuels can be used in combustion engines and plug-in hybrids, and can make use of the existing network of filling stations.”

That has now been echoed by Walliser, who explained: "The general idea behind these synthetic fuels is that there is no change to the engine necessary, unlike what we have seen with E10 and E20, so really, everybody can use it, and we are testing with the regular specs of pump fuel."

"It has no impact on performance - some horses more, so it's going in the right direction - but emissions are way better; we see less particles, less NOx - so that's going in the right direction".

While Porsche is investing heavily in electrification - with hybrid versions of the Panamera and Cayenne, as well as the fully electric Taycan family - using synthetic fuels could be used to bring the emissions of its existing fleet down. Blume has also previously spoken of a desire to see synthetic fuels extend the life of the purely combustion-engined 911 until the end of the decade. 

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Walliser outlined the benefits: "Synthetic fuels have around 8-10 components, where today's fuels have between 30 and 40. As it's an artificial, synthetic fuel, you have no by-products, so it's way cleaner - everything positive for the engine. 

"At full scale, we expect a reduction in the CO2 impact of around 85%. If you consider well-to-wheel, where we have to transport fuel, we have a global supply chain, everything around that - you have efficiency across the whole process. In a well-to-wheel consideration, it is on the same level as an electric car."

Porsche sibling brands Volkswagen and Bentley have also discussed the use of e-fuels as a means of sustaining their combustion-engined offering, while McLaren COO Jens Ludman last year revealed that the firm was working on a protoype to demonstrate the feasibility of the technology. 


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Silvia Surfer 26 March 2021
Well you know, people could always vote for these environmentally friendly fuels, sod price per mile!
Don't let the government decide what we drive!

Just search for Exempt co2 neutral efuel & other cleaner fuel cars from 2030 petrol & diesel ban

Peter Cavellini 16 February 2021

Sounds too good to be true, will there be other parts of the World supplying that area?

shiakas 17 February 2021
They have not disclosed the cost . Creating the efuel to run a vehicle requires 5 - 6 times more electricity that an EV and will need to be shipped halfway around the world, so it will probably cost multiple times more than regular fuel .
Also, they still produce local emissions and will still be banned from city centers .
jonboy4969 17 February 2021

Less components to make it means less cost, they are usng Wind to provide power at the plant, meaning less cost, more power and less harmful emissions means better for the environment, if it costs a little more so what, people will pay, whatever the cost, it would be a one of mass investment, then day to day running, I am sure that they have worked it all out to be profitable, I would  rather have this then an EV which is far worse for the environment than a Petrol powered car. Once you factor in the costs and producton methods and transportation of all the various materials of the batteries. and the costs of what to do with them after thei rlives come to an end.

shiakas 17 February 2021

It does not matter how you make the electricity, if you use 5-6 more, then it will cost at least 5-6 more to run the vehicle. 

The currently higher CO2 cost of making EVs (17 tons vs 7 tons for ICE) is offset after a few years of usage since ICE cars emit about 5 tons of CO2 per year. As the scale of li-ion battery production gears up, that number will only shrink.

Battery end of life is not a issue, the value of the materials used quarantees that it will be a profitable business as seen in the fact that multible companies are gearing up to recycle li-ion batteries at scale.

This efuel is geared for people that do not mind paying multible times more for running their supercars (outside city centers), its not meant to solve everyday mobility.

Silvia Surfer 26 March 2021
Thing is Lithium extraction is terrible for the environment, it is actually killing wildlife just look it up.
Plenty EVs still using Cobalt which is a problem due to the associated child labour too.
Efuels are already getting more efficient to make, doubled in fact, look up CCUS Gasphilic process.
Silvia Surfer 26 March 2021
They have said the cost will be comparable to petrol before we even get to 2030.
Silvia Surfer 26 March 2021
They won't need to ship it around the world at all. It's made from hydrogen and carbon dioxide from Carbon Capture which is everywhere, you can make it in your own country.
Now no one will be held to ransom by the corrupt middle East.

Might as well vote for them in the petition, just look up exempt co2 neutral efuel and other cleaner fuel cars from 2030 petrol and diesel ban.