Sustainability Newsletter – April 2023


Also this month the EU exempted e-fuels, otherwise known as synthetic fuels, from the ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars after 2035. This is good news for the likes of Porsche and Ferrari, who have been lobbying their domestic governments for an exemption on the basis the weight of batteries spells curtains for high-performance brands who rely on slashing kilos to ensure strong acceleration.
They come in the same carbon-hydrogen make-up as petrol and diesel but, unlike the fossil fuels, use water, air and green energy in their creation rather than drilling for oil. They capture carbon from the air then release it when the e-fuel is burned, thus maintaining a carbon-neutral loop. However, they still spew nitrous oxide and particulates into the air. They might therefore be a useful bridge to full electric for sports car makers and classic-car owners scratching their heads about the transition to batteries, but they are not the panacea or the long-term saviour of the engine.

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