Why electric cars wont be annihilated by Synthetic Fuel
Porsche may think they are going to lead the future of driving with their fuels but I'm not too sure...
Electric cars are a huge step in the right direction for the roadways of the future. With an operating cost lower than a gasoline-powered vehicle and the fact that all you need to get on the road is a power outlet, there’s no longer any excuse not to be driving green. Charging your vehicle is easy and convenient.; you can charge anywhere there is a power outlet and it’s very affordable. It’s also a lot of fun to drive an electric vehicle! But these considerations seem to have been silenced by the roar of conversation about synthetic fuels.
I am sure you are all aware of Porsche's recent announcement that they have developed a synthetic fuel which can run in a normal internal combustion engine. This may seem like the dream of any environmental petrol head but doing more research, I have found that it isn't as miraculous as it seems...
One issue with this new magic juice is that it still has the fundamental problem of hydrogen power: it uses a lot of energy to create in the first place. When we drill up dino juice from the ground, the earth itself has done the work by applying immense pressure for millions of years. When we create it our self, we have to provide the energy ourselves. You may say this is okay as we can generate that power using wind energy but this is flawed in two ways!
One reason is because we are then using electric energy which could be fed into the grid and used to save polar bears rather than using it to generate fuel. The main reason though is because through this process you have to transfer electric energy to petrol and then into kinetic energy or in the non plugin hybrids, back into electricity before transferring it into the turning of the wheels. This is extremely wasteful as it is like pouring water between one glass to another and then to another; each time a bit splashes out. If you instead used electric cars you are only pouring the water once cutting out all of the unnecessary glasses. You also don't have the excess heat given off by an engine. Some people may say this is pointless as the grid is still powered by oil but oil and coal made up less than 1% of the energy mix in 2020.
I don't wish to say that this incredible new development is entirely useless as it may help with the transfer from petrol. In fact it could be very useful in countries where the electric grid cannot keep up with the supply. And it could also help with the difficulty of storing large quantities of energy which has been the issue with electricity and hydrogen power. Electricity requires two different reservoirs at different heights and we haven't yet developed hydrogen power storage far enough.