Porsche looking for “sustainable” petrol power

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Words: Nile Bijoux
6 Apr 2018

Porsche has announced it wants to reduce CO2 emissions with sustainably sourced fuels.

In many countries, including New Zealand, fuels like bioethanol are already blended with petrol and diesel to reduce carbon footprints and reliance on crude oil-sourced combustibles. Porsche says it is also possible to create liquid fuel from carbon dioxide and water.

These fuels do not eliminate tailpipe emissions, but they produce less carbon dioxide than the refining of ordinary fossil fuels. Porsche goes on to say that the fuels only release the CO2 used in their production, so the overall environmental impact would be neutral, or even positive.

However, this solution isn’t the be-all and end-all. Jörg Kerner, Porsche’s head of powertrain development, said mixing eco-friendly fuel with a plug-in hybrid powertrain would create the ideal combination.

"Sustainably produced fuels are a quick way to cut CO2 emissions from a company's existing fleet," he said.

"Future stages of development will produce specially designed engines that can harness the full potential of these fuels in terms of optimized emissions, CO2 and performance. In combination with plug-in technology, this will deliver a driving experience typical of Porsche while at the same time ticking every environmental box."

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