Volkswagen explained why internal combustion engines are more alive than all livingApril 10, 2020
Volkswagen AG Technical Director Matthias Rabe is confident that internal combustion engines still have a future despite stricter carbon dioxide (CO2) emission requirements, and this future is linked to synthetic fuels made from biomass or biomaterials.
In an interview with the British publication Autocar, Rabe said that “ICEs will live longer than some people predict,” is obviously a hint at the head of Daimler AG’s development department Marcus Schäfer, who said that the concern will focus on electrical technology and the in-line “six” M256 may Become the latest engine range developed.
Modern unleaded gasoline contains a small amount of ethanol made from wheat and other fruitful varieties. But companies continue to research in the field of fuels completely synthesized from natural materials, which would not emit CO2 or other harmful emissions during combustion. Synthetic fuel (collectively called e-fuel) is of great interest to Volkswagen, but it is still far from production.
“We will come to synthetic fuel. If you look at the aviation industry, synthetic fuels are in high demand because they [planes] cannot be electric, otherwise you will not cross the Atlantic. “We take our CO2 emissions goals very seriously and want to be a role model, but that doesn’t mean that we will abandon the internal combustion engine,” says Rabe.
Back in 2015, Audi (part of the Volkswagen Group) launched a test production of e-benzin synthetic gasoline. This type of fuel is made without the use of oil and has an octane rating of 100, and it does not contain sulfur or benzene, which makes its combustion less toxic than traditional fuel. In 2018, Audi announced that it had released together with Global Bioenergies S.A. from Leuna, Germany, the largest e-benzin batch in history – 60 liters.
But on Volkswagen gas engines, it seems, is slowly putting an end to it. In March, the German newspaper Handelsblatt reported that the company will abandon this type of engine (they are installed on Volkswagen, Skoda, Audi and Seat cars), in Germany the number of gas stations in 2019 fell to 837 – by 30%.
Recall that Volkswagen is also actively developing its line of ID electric vehicles, which are built on the new MEB modular platform; later, electric vehicles of other controlled brands – Audi, Seat and Skoda will be presented on its basis.
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