Written by Kfir Kedem - December 14, 2020
Reviewed by Theo Koenig
The combustion engine seems to be dying. Automotive manufacturers worldwide are investing in electric drivetrain technologies, including sports car manufacturers such as Porsche. This being the case, it was unexpected when Porsche released the news that they are partnering with Siemens to produce synthetic fuel.
Their plan is to build an industrial-scale factory and produce it using renewable energies such as wind energy to ensure that it is still carbon neutral. The production process of the fuel is basically the reverse of Toyota’s method of producing hydrogen. First, water will be split into hydrogen and oxygen through the use of electrolysis. Then methanol will be created. Using technology that was developed and licensed by Exxon, the methanol will be converted into gasoline that can be used for running combustion engine vehicles.
The first factory will be up and running in Chile in the upcoming year and is set to produce 34,000 liters during the pilot phase alone.
Auto Trendy’s take:
It’s amazing to see technological revelations such as these producing synthetic gasoline considering the current frenzy for electric vehicles. Gasoline as a commodity is becoming scarce, and the way it is currently being used is unsustainable. Despite this, many diesel lovers can’t get enough of a sports car’s roaring engine noise. Porsche are finding a way to capitalize on that thrill while keeping their cars sustainable. It will be interesting to see how the market would react and how it will influence the growth of the electric vehicle market.