E-fuel greener than an EV? Not so fast, according to a new study

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Porsche has been a big proponent of electronic fuels, but has said in the past that electric vehicles will take the lead.

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E-fuels, or synthetic gasoline, is very promising for fans of the internal combustion engine. Particularly because sustainable, renewable gasoline can reduce emissions and make the cars we know and love today and yesteryear much greener. however, Transport and environment, a European group focused on environmentalism, released a new study late last month that provides evidence to suggest that e-fuels are not the best way to decarbonise the automotive sector. Instead, battery-powered electric cars are the best alternative with the technology we have today.

To be frank, electrification is absolutely winning the battle for sustainable modes of transportation. However, T&E’s analysis comes as some companies push to include e-fuels in upcoming Euro 7 emissions regulations for emission reduction credits. Rather, T&E provides evidence that electronic fuels do not offer the same carbon reductions as an EV and, in their research, cost consumers more in the long run than an EV.

Specifically, the group’s total cost of ownership model shows that running a car on electric fuel would cost $ 12,000 more than charging an electric vehicle. Another data point: refueling a car electrically costs the average driver 43% more than plugging in an electric vehicle. The group also said that compared to automakers focusing on electric vehicles, the switch to e-fuel could cost around $ 12,000 in credits to offset associated emissions by 2030. Electric vehicles, on the other hand, might not be require only $ 3,600 in credits to offset emissions associated with manufacturing. the car.

T&E assumes that producing synthetic gasoline remains expensive and that battery-powered cars reach price parity with traditional gasoline cars by the middle of this decade. These are two big assumptions, although the data predicts that prices for electric vehicles will continue to decline throughout this decade. Nevertheless, it is worth pointing out that.

When it comes to respect for the climate, electric vehicles are greener. Even if companies did not replace fossil-fueled power grids, but shifted widely to electric vehicles during this decade, battery-powered cars would produce 40% less CO2 emissions than a car running on e-fuel. In other words, T&E argued that e-fuel offers fewer climate benefits and would require more renewable energy (and investment) to balance things out.

Bearing in mind that this is only a study, this still raises valid points. Until now, the development of e-fuel has largely focused on high performance cars and vintage vehicles. Even Porsche, one of the largest synthetic gasoline research companies, has explicitly said that any progress will not replace its plan to electrify the cars it sells. Instead, electronic fuel could keep cars that can’t switch to an electric powertrain on the road without fear of future penalties or climate guilt. Then again, Porsche also believes that the electronic fuel it is working on is as clean as an EV, when taking into account emissions linked to production.

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