In the shadow of its electrification plan, in the far south of Chile, Porsche continues to invest in its mysterious “eFuel” project. Very few manufacturers continue to finance thermal engine improvement projects. The German manufacturer has joined forces with Siemens Energy for this. The objective: to develop a fuel as green as electricity.
All of this is very serious and far from an investment project of the last decade. Porsche made the announcement in February this year and its plans will take it to the horizon. 2026. By then, many 100% electric models will be available in its range. But out of conviction and protection of traditions, Porsche seeks to preserve gasoline, even if it means revolutionizing it.
EFuel technology, currently being developed in Chile, is based on synthetic fuel. Porsche is developing a renewable energy production system (via a wind farm), which produces hydrogen subsequently converted into this synthetic fuel. A process, as recalled by our colleagues from CNET, Called “Fischer-Tropsch” and completed in the 1920s. It was particularly used by the German military during the Second World War.
Siemens participates in supplying many pieces of equipment in the manufacturing process, starting with the wind turbines required for the production of renewable energy. According to Porsche, the fuel ended up in the end would be equivalent to the impact of an electric motor.
The last drop in the tank
The ambition is to lower 85% carbon dioxide emissions gasoline as we know it today. An objective equivalent to 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 is not just a nice way to talk about the eFuel project. By 2026, synthetic fuel could only represent 0.1% of American gasoline production. Porsche plans to produce 145 million gallons of eFuel in a market where gasoline consumption reaches 124 million gallons annually.
To have a clearer idea of its progress, the appointment is given next year. A first pilot phase will produce 130,000 liters of the fuel under study.
“Electromobility is a top priority at Porsche. E-fuels for cars are a useful addition to this – if they are produced in areas of the world where sustainable surplus energy is available. They are an additional element on the road to decarbonization. Their advantages lie in their ease of application: eFuels can be used in combustion engines and plug-in hybrids, and can use the existing network of service stations ” commented Porsche last February.