In today's economic climate with skyrocketing gas prices you’re bound to run into someone who has talked about the shift to electric vehicles. Electric vehicles are a marvel of engineering and seem to have all the answers to our climate issue, however, many can agree that they lack the soul of a mid-engined, gas powered sports car. Many will agree that this is not an issue for the masses, although for the select few that enjoy the occasional spirited drive. The extinction of gas powered vehicles seems to be upon us with no possibility of their return. Right?
How it all happened
Porsche has taken to the development of eFuels for gasoline powered cars to increase the lifespan of these vehicles. As a company that is at the forefront of technology, it was actually Ferdinand Porsche who created the first hybrid vehicle in 1900 -1905. As a brand that aims to combine sportiness and hybridization in several of its models, Porsche is working on a promising alternative energy called eFuel!
eFuels: Similar to gasoline but greener
eFuels is a newly coined term. It is close to gasoline but it promises the production is more eco-friendly since the two main ingredients, which are water and carbon dioxide, produce greener fuel!
The process is simple.
Electrolysis splits water into it’s two components: hydrogen and oxygen
Thanks to partnering with Siemens Energy, Porsche captures carbon dioxide from the air and combines it with hydrogen. This produces methanol.
After, the synthetic methanol is used in ExxonMobil's methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) process. See here for more details about MTG
The outcome is that fuel obtained meets the standards of gasoline!
Voila! One of a kind fuel!
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