Cars That Run on Air and Water? Audi Rolls Out Carbon-Neutral E-Diesel Fuel

Written by on April 30, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Sci-Tech, Technology with 2 Comments

By Wendy Koch | National Geographic

 Audi is making a synthetic diesel from water and carbon dioxide at a pilot plant in Dresden, Germany, that's run by its partner sunfire, a clean technology company. (Photo courtesy Sunfire)

Audi is making a synthetic diesel from water and carbon dioxide at a pilot plant in Dresden, Germany, that's run by its partner sunfire, a clean technology company. (Photo courtesy sunfire)

Cars that run on a synthetic fuel, made from water and air, represent the cutting-edge of innovation now sweeping the auto industry. In a German factory, Audi is making “e-diesel” that uses— rather than emits—carbon dioxide.

The carbon-neutral fuel contains no sulfur or fossil oil. If it catches on and is produced for a mass market, it could make internal combustion engines much cleaner in the future.

“Synthetic diesel using CO2 is a huge success,” says Germany’s Federal Minister of Education and Research Johanna Wanka, who showed her support last week by putting the first five liters (1.3 gallons) into her work car, an Audi A8.

E-diesel is the latest in a slew of breakthroughs aimed at building cleaner cars via carbon-neutral fuels or extended-range batteries. Earlier this month, in research partly funded by Shell*, Virginia Tech unveiled a much more affordable way to produce hydrogen fuel by using discarded corn cobs, stalks and husks.

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  1.' Norbert Kammer says:

    I hope there is a design proposal to replace the post office local delivery trucks with electric vehicles. That would be a real game changer.

  2.' Erik says:

    If the fuel is free and lasts a long time then this is good. If it has to be bought and can be controlled by people then it’s only a little better than gas. Free and never ending energy is the future.

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