Porsche is launching a clean eFuel made from CO2, water and wind energy


(January 24, 2023: Staff Writer, The lighter side of the news)

eFuels from water and carbon dioxide using wind energy enable the almost CO2-neutral operation of petrol engines. (PHOTO CREDIT: Creative Commons)


Porsche and international partners in cooperation with the Chilean operating company Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF) have started the industrial production of synthetic fuels.

The “Haru Oni” pilot plant in Punta Arenas (Chile) was officially opened today in the presence of the Chilean Energy Minister Diego Pardow. Executives and dignitaries performed the ceremonial fueling of a Porsche 911 with the first synthetic fuel produced on site. eFuels from water and carbon dioxide using wind energy enable the almost CO2-neutral operation of petrol engines.

“The potential of eFuels is huge. There are currently more than 1.3 billion vehicles with internal combustion engines worldwide. Many of these will be on the roads for decades to come, and eFuels offer owners of existing cars an almost climate-neutral alternative. As a manufacturer of powerful and efficient engines, Porsche has extensive know-how in the field of fuels,” adds Michael Steiner, Member of the Board of Management for Development and Research at Porsche AG.

eFuel is a synthetic fuel made from water, renewable electricity and carbon dioxide, intended to be used as a drop-in replacement for gasoline in Porsche’s internal combustion engines. It’s made with a process called power-to-liquid (PTL), which uses renewable electricity to convert water and carbon dioxide into a liquid fuel.

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One of the most important advantages of Porsche eFuel is the low CO2 emissions. The fuel is produced using renewable electricity, which means there are no CO2 emissions during the production process. When burned in an engine, it only emits the carbon dioxide used to make it, meaning it has a significantly lower carbon footprint than petrol.

Porsche eFuel is also designed to be compatible with existing infrastructure, so it can be used in all vehicles currently powered by petrol. It can be pumped like petrol at a gas station and requires no modifications to the vehicle.

Porsche is currently testing eFuel in several of its vehicles, including the 911 GT3 and the Panamera. In these tests, the fuel has shown impressive performance, with acceleration and top speed similar to petrol.

Punta Arenas is also near the Strait of Magellan. From the port of Cabo Negro, the synthetic eFuel can be transported around the world like conventional fuels. (PHOTO CREDIT: Porsche)

Porsche also plans to use eFuel in its hybrid and electric vehicles as it can help increase their range and reduce their carbon footprint.

Overall, Porsche eFuel is an exciting development that has the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector. It’s a clean, renewable fuel that can be used in any vehicle that currently runs on gasoline, making it a viable alternative to fossil fuels.

Barbara Frenkel, Head of Procurement at Porsche AG, and Michael Steiner, Head of Development and Research at Porsche AG, fill up a Porsche 911. (PHOTO CREDITS: Porsche)

In the pilot phase, eFuel production of around 130,000 liters per year is planned. The fuel will initially be used in lighthouse projects such as the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and in Porsche Experience Centers.

After the pilot phase, the project in Chile is expected to grow to 55 million liters per year with the first scaling by the middle of the decade. Around two years later, the capacity should be 550 million liters.

The eFuel is used in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup racing series. (PHOTO CREDIT: Porsche)

Porsche will initially use eFuels in special projects, including as fuel for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup racing series. It currently costs $45 a gallon to manufacture but is expected to cost less than $8 a gallon by 2026.

The south of Chile offers ideal conditions for the production of eFuels, because the wind blows around 270 days a year and lets the wind turbines run at full capacity. Punta Arenas is also near the Strait of Magellan. From the port of Cabo Negro, the synthetic eFuel can be transported around the world like conventional fuels and distributed via the existing infrastructure.

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