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Synthetic fuels: cleaner than electric cars?

Synthetic fuels have been debated for several days, while Germany is campaigning for this technology to be accepted into law.

The question of the ban on the sale of new thermal cars from 2035 in Europe is quite tricky.

The last days, many countries as Italy and Germany have stepped up to challenge this decision.

Willingness of Germany is simple: integrate synthetic fuels as an exception that can pass through the law.

Studies on the subject

The big question about synthetic fuels is at the level of CO2 emissions. Do we really have a neutral fuel for the planet ?

To answer to that questionstudies have been carried out by organizations for the defense of the environment.

The results are clear: e-fuel has almost the same CO2 footprint than a 100% electric cartaking all its lifespan into account, from design to circulation.

Indeed, as a reminder, the production and recycling of a battery is what costs emits the most CO2 in the air.

Numbers that don’t lie

Why does synthetic fuel hardly pollutes? Simply by the process of fabrication fuel itself.

In the figures, in a complete life cycle of an electric car, it will emit on average 162 g/km of CO2.

These figures may vary depending on use of said car and your driving style.

If we compare with the other engines, we find a plug-in hybrid Diesel at 101 g/km and synthetic fuel at 99g/km.

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What future ?

So what can be the future of a synthetic fuel? Overall if the authorities wish reduce maximum CO2 emissions, this is the best alternative.

Indeed so that electric cars European Unions pollute less than cars running on synthetic fuel, the entire electric vehicle fleet should be equipped with batteries that are manufactured in Europe.

However, with the latest decisions and the help of Joe Biden, manufacturers are beginning to relocate in the USA.

It remains to be seen what the decision of the European Commission will be on acceptance synthetic fuel in the law of 2035.

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