From 2035, new cars with a combustion engine may no longer be sold in Europe, unless they use e-fuels. Good news: cars that are currently driving around are already suitable for e-fuels. They have that Stellar already tested.
Cars have been running on petrol for over a hundred years. We make them from petroleum, from the ground. The fuel of the future is clean and comes from the air: e-fuels are made from the wind and the sun. Wind and solar energy are converted into hydrogen, after which CO2 is added from the air in a chemical process. This creates synthetic fuel, also known as e-fuel.
Even after 2035, cars with a combustion engine may still be built, as long as they run on CO2-neutral e-fuels (or synthetic fuels). Stellantis, among other things Peugeot, Opel, Fiat in Citroën in its portfolio, tested on 28 of their engines whether they are also suitable for e-fuels. The result? No less than 24 of the 28 engines did not budge and ran without problems and also without modifications on e-fuels. These were engines that Stellantis has produced since 2014.
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Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, was already positive about the use of e-fuels earlier this year: “Of course we will continue to develop new electric models, but we also need to find ways to reduce emissions for the 1.3 billion cars currently on the road with a combustion engine. Then e-fuels are a good solution in the fight against global warming.”
According to Stellantis, the 24 approved engines are in about 28 million Stellantis cars in Europe. The car group therefore sees a golden future for the fuel: “The use of e-fuels has a huge impact on reducing CO2 emissions,” said Stellantis CEO Ned Curic. According to the car manufacturer, the use of e-fuels can reduce the European CO2 emissions of the 28 million cars between 2025 and 2050 by 400 million tons.
CEO Tavares does not like a future with only electric cars. The CEO even spoke of a “social problem” that will arise if brands focus purely on electric powertrains. According to Tavares, the production costs of cars will become so expensive that the ‘middle class’ will no longer be able to afford a new car after a while.