At the end of the millennium, carmakers began selling “hybrid” cars in an attempt to turn green. Then Tesla arrived at the scene, skipped this transitional phase between gas and electric propulsion, introducing us to the Model S, and recently the Model Y. A German project has now turned it back into a “Hyper Hybrid”. feeding it with carbon methanol fuel.
In an effort to reduce carbon emissions from transport, countries have banned internal combustion engines and insisted on selling electric cars in the near future. Therefore, a move to invest in research and announce a prototype car in 2021 that can use methanol as fuel can definitely be considered non-intuitive. To add confusion, the team took a high-performance electric car to express their point.
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The reason for this mystery lies in the claim that Federal Research Minister Anya Karlicek said at the inauguration of the Hyper Hybrid: “Not all industrial processes can be completely decarbonized. CO2 will continue to be produced,” Karlicek said. “Especially in industry and transport, we will continue to need chemical energy sources in the future. ”
Hyper Hybrid is a demonstration of a “bridge” between the inevitable carbon emissions and the use of “green” hydrogen to protect the climate. Using hydrogen, carbon dioxide produced in industrial processes can be recycled and used as a synthetic fuel as methanol for transport. So far, it has been proven that the use of methanol provides efficient operation in internal combustion engines.
“Synthetic fuels play an important role in creating a sustainable, climate-friendly mobility system worldwide,” said Prof. Robert Schlög, director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy. Useful in energy-intensive processes such as shipping or air transport, synthetic fuels can be useful in cars, in places where electric charger not available, Schlögl added.
The Model Y, presented during the showcase, boasts a zero-vibration generator that generates electricity from methanol. Developed over five years, the generator was developed as part of the Carbon2Chem project, which aims to convert industrial carbon dioxide into usable fuel. With a funding portfolio of 145 million euros ($ 169.66), the project has already entered the second phase of creating value chains for its main product, methanol.
Unless all the electricity used to power electric vehicles comes from renewable sources, they may not portend the future without the emissions we dream of. A methanol-powered hybrid would be a good point. Something Tesla needs to consider.