Germany wanted to take up the search for an alternative in the form of synthetic fuels, which, among other European countries, asked for partners for potential research and knowledge sharing. The development of carbon-neutral fuel could ultimately be the way to keep combustion engines alive. The recent Munich Motor Show also helped promote the idea. But everything is different in the end.
According to the Italian website Politico, only three countries – the Czech Republic, Japan and Morocco – expressed their support for the proposal. With us and the Japanese, this is understandable due to the extensive automobile industry, while Morocco hoped to use the potential of “green” sources to produce hydrogen, which could be another possibility in the future in passenger transport.
It was the lack of support from other European states that ultimately forced Berlin to back down. At the same time, countries such as Germany and Italy strongly supported various alternatives. Some because their country produces cars that are hard to imagine without combustion engines (such as Italian super sports), others simply warn against an exclusively electric future and dependence on Chinese raw materials.
Porsche has relied on synthetic fuels to keep its countless classics alive.
The effort was therefore to include at least some form of alternative in the proposed ban on internal combustion engines, which, according to the European Union, should enter into force from 2035. It was e-fuel that could have been a suitable opportunity, despite today’s high costs. In short, it costs something to create a carbon-neutral fuel, especially when it is only produced in very limited quantities. Depending on the sources used, the price for a liter of e-fuel today ranges from 70 to 100 CZK.
One of the leading promoters of synthetic fuels in recent months has been Porsche, whose internal combustion sports cars are an integral part. “Synthetic fuels have a maximum of ten components, today’s ordinary gasoline up to forty. And because it’s a synthetic product, it’s cleaner and better for the engine. In particular, the emissions are incomparably lower,” said Frank-Steffen Walliser, head of Porsche’s sports car department.
In one breath, representatives of the German car company add that synthetic fuels are not meant to ensure the development of new internal combustion engines, but only to enable the operation of current ones, including countless classic cars and vintage cars. It seems that the future is definitely decided…
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