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Are e-fuels sufficient for European cars?

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As per the reports by whichev, only 2% of the cars on the road can be filled up with synthetic fuels by 2035.

As per Yoann Gimbert, an e-mobility analyst at T&E,

“E-fuels are presented as a carbon-neutral way to prolong the life of combustion engine technology. But the industry’s data shows there will only be enough for a tiny fraction of cars on the road. Lawmakers should close the door to this Trojan Horse for the fossil fuel industry,”

According to T&E, lobby groups are supporting the e-fuels to scale up the technology for the existing car fleet to achieve climate neutrality but the data produced by the oil lobby contradicts such claims and shows it will not be enough.


It is concluded by T&E, that e-fuels production will be in its infancy stage by the time, Europe plans out its sales of internal combustion cars.

As per the T&E’s analysis of the volumes forecasted by the industry, 5 million cars out of 287 million could be on synthetic fuel in 2035. And the estimated number can be much lower with carbon-neutral e-fuels (made entirely from additional renewable electricity and CO2 captured directly from the air).

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“In Europe, e-fuels for cars would suck up renewable electricity needed for the rest of the economy,” said Gimbert.

“It is also naive to assume that developing countries, some of whom lack power for their basic needs, would spare their renewables for e-fuels in Europe’s cars just to suit the vested interests of engine makers.”

“By 2030, an electric car will emit 53% less CO2 over its lifecycle than a car running on e-fuels”, the most recent life cycle analysis confirms, it said.

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