Porsche is inching closer to synthetic fuel

Will eFuels save the ICE?

Porsche is doing really well with the Taycan - they can barely keep up with demand - and they’ll also launch an electric Macan next year, which confirms that they‘re serious about electric power. Mind you, they’re also serious about the internal combustion engine, and they’re trying to save it.

Porsche has been working on this for a while and about a year ago, the company teamed up with Siemens Energy to develop a new, almost carbon-neutral synthetic fuel to replace traditional petrol. They set up the Haru Oni manufacturing plant near Punta Arenas, Chile, where they’ve been attempting to produce synthetic fuel for a year and they’re now ready to test it on the road.

Siemens and Porsche will start by producing 34,000 gallons of synthetic fuel in 2022, and then they’ll increase production exponentially: 14.5 million gallons by 2024 and 145 million gallons by 2026 at a cost of around $7.6 per gallon.

"Porsche was founded with pioneering spirit [and we want to pioneer] renewable fuels. This fits in with our clear overall sustainability strategy," said Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche. "It means that Porsche as a whole can be net CO2 neutral as early as 2030. Fuels produced with renewable energy can make a contribution to this.”

Steiner adds that the Porsche 911 will also benefit from this, even classic 911s, which can run on eFuels without requiring any mechanical modifications.

There’s a still long way to go because producing synthetic fuel is a complicated process: wind-powered electrolysers split water into oxygen and hydrogen; CO2 is then filtered from the air and combined with the hydrogen to produce synthetic methanol, which is then converted into eFuel. Porsche says eFuels will reduce carbon emissions in combustion engines by up to 90 percent. Fingers crossed.

Will they save the ICE or is it too late?

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Comments (53)

  • I commend Porsche for all their hard work, hopefully they’ll be able to keep the ICE around (for sports cars at least). The only problem is, will more manufacturers adopt this tech and make it mainstream?

      1 month ago
    • If it's as clean as touted then yes. As production ramps up and the benefit realized this would allow us (humans) to have one more method for locomotion. Hydrogen is not far behind. 3 will be better. Keeping all of our eggs out of one basket is...

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        1 month ago
    • Depends on how much they have to invest to run it vs how much they have invested in ev. Doesn't seem like it would take much.

        1 month ago
  • I really hope this works, biofuel would be so much better for everyone than electric. It’s also great that it works on old models as well!

      1 month ago
  • I am very optimistic for what Porsche is doing.

      28 days ago
  • If Porsche succeeds I’m gonna go out of my way to personally invest a shitload of money into the company.

    Edit: I just remembered I’m broke. Fuck…….

      29 days ago
  • I'm a massive Lamborghini fan, but I'm very impressed by what Porsche has done

    Well done

      1 month ago