In the shadow of its electrification plan in the extreme south of Chile, Porsche continues to invest in its mysterious “eFuel” project. Very few manufacturers continue to fund projects to improve heat engines. The German manufacturer has teamed up with Siemens Energy for this purpose. The goal: to develop a fuel that is as environmentally friendly as electricity.
All of this is very serious and far from an investment project of the past decade. Porsche announced the announcement in February of this year and plans to do so until 2026. By then, many 100% electric models will be available in its product range. Out of conviction and protection of traditions, Porsche tries to conserve gasoline, even if it means revolutionizing it.
The EFuel technology currently being developed in Chile is based on synthetic fuel. Porsche is developing a system for generating renewable energy (via a wind farm) that produces hydrogen, which is then converted into this synthetic fuel. A process that our colleagues at CNET remembered and was called “Fischer-Tropsch” and that was completed in the 1920s. It was used in particular by the German military during World War II.
Siemens is involved in supplying many of the equipment in the manufacturing process, starting with the wind turbines required to generate renewable energy. According to Porsche, the resulting fuel would be equivalent to the impact of an electric motor.
The last drop in the tank
The aim is to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of gasoline as we know it today by 85%. A goal in line with what the transition to electric cars would allow (taking into account the production of their engines and batteries and the generation of electricity).
Porsche wants to revolutionize the last drop in the fuel tank of our thermal cars, and that’s not just a great way to talk about the eFuel project. By 2026, synthetic fuel could only account for 0.1% of US gasoline production. Porsche plans to produce 145 million gallons of eFuel in a market where gasoline consumption reaches 124 million gallons annually.
To get a clearer idea of the progress, the appointment will be given next year. In an initial pilot phase, 130,000 liters of the fuel examined can be produced.
“Electromobility has top priority at Porsche. E-fuels for cars are a useful addition to this – if they are produced in parts of the world where sustainable excess energy is available. They are an additional element on the path to decarbonisation. Their advantages lie in their simple application: eFuels can be used in combustion engines and plug-in hybrids and use the existing filling station network, ”said Porsche last February.