Why Synthetic Fuel Could Replace Electric Cars 

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Synthetic fuels are fuels made from water and carbon dioxide from the air. You split the water into hydrogen and oxygen, and combine the oxygen with CO2 to create hydrocarbons. Basically what burning fuel does but in reverse. If the energy used to do this comes from a sustainable source (i.e. wind or solar) you will have net zero emissions, and none of the environmental impact of mining the metals used in batteries. This could effectively make ICE engines better for the environment than EVs.

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27. apr. 2021

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alex ambro
alex ambro Pred 18 urami
Oh yeah lets use electricity to separate hydrogen from water, more electricity to capture co2 from the atmosphere and than even more to combine them, that is so much smarter than just using the electricity to power the car. All these process drastically cut down efficiency, so you end up using a lot more energy to create the combustible than what you get. Let's be optimistic enough to believe that you can get all the electricity needed from clean sources, then again, why not using it to power electric vehicles?
Well Excuse Me
Well Excuse Me Pred dnevom
Actually plants need CO2 for their life cycle. They inhake CO2 & exhale oxygen. In the process plants proliferate. If there's not enough atmospheric CO2 death of the planet will occur
Well Excuse Me
Well Excuse Me Pred dnevom
Considering the fact that bcz most electric power plants use carbon fuels EV's actually burn just as much carbon fuels as combustion engines.
Lotfi Eldin
Lotfi Eldin Pred dnevom
what about just ethanol or biodiesel? simple?
Anthony Pred 2 dnevi
What about ethanol?? Such as E85???? Has anyone forgotten about this type of fuel??
Bitchesloveme Ok
Bitchesloveme Ok Pred 3 dnevi
Porsche be saving car enthusiasts
Andile Matroshe
Andile Matroshe Pred 3 dnevi
EVs are not clean .. just great marketing and ignorance from the rest of us .. enough people say something enough time its becomes fact... but anyway
XPorter !
XPorter ! Pred 4 dnevi
I’m ok with them being a little dirty if they get this working gas be way to expensive atm
Margaux Culerier
Margaux Culerier Pred 4 dnevi
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Scim Pred 6 dnevi
can we all just appreciate how well he pronounces Porsche
phillydopey the lner C1
eletric and lithum still but c02 but synthetic fuel might be pricey because people gotta make money
Aditya Yadav
Aditya Yadav Pred 8 dnevi
We want To show the roar of Fantastic Legacy Cars Like - Mustang , Dodge , GTR ! Porsche May God Bless You !
Kleanthis Karras
Kleanthis Karras Pred 8 dnevi
How much co2 is available in the atmosphere? I mean..for how long??
Arne Pred 7 dnevi
for very very long because, the cars will have c02 coming from the exhaust plus ther will be other sources for it too, like factories etc
This has to happen I pray that this happens.
Michael Torres
Michael Torres Pred 11 dnevi
Seems like everyone here is missing how inefficient (very expensive) this synthetic fuel would be if actually made/transported in a carbon neutral way. He already said it was expensive though. My guess is that it is so very expensive that very very few people would afford it. Maybe porche owners can afford it, but most folks will not.
Michael Torres
Michael Torres Pred 6 dnevi
@Blake Morris No, ice engines can burn hydrogen, but would need to be specially designed just for hydrogen. Synth gas is supposed to be used just like our current gas, no conversion, no re-design. But maybe synth gas includes advanced eco-friendly versions of things like bio-diesel, and E85?
Blake Morris
Blake Morris Pred 7 dnevi
@Michael Torres Im confused, I thought Efuel is basically hydrogen?
Michael Torres
Michael Torres Pred 7 dnevi
@Blake Morris Oh I am familiar with the concept of economies of scale, but that does not solve all problems. How about we consider using hydrogen as fuel (could be fuel cell, but also can be used in ICE engine.) I think that would be cheaper and more practical than carbon-neutral synth gas. You might reply that hydrogen is impractically expensive, and I could say "it would eventually get cheaper, just like how tesla started by selling a 250k roadster, now they are selling 50k sedans. invest in new technologies that makes things more efficient"
Blake Morris
Blake Morris Pred 9 dnevi
it would eventually get cheaper, just like how tesla started by selling a 250k roadster, now they are selling 50k sedans. invest in new technologies that makes things more efficient
Richy Pred 11 dnevi
Now, I non-rationally like an engine that goes boom as much as the next guy. However, if there is a method of filtering CO2 out of the atmosphere (which I didn't know) and considering the fact that there is already way too much CO2 in our atmosphere... Wouldn't it be sensible to scale up that filtering of CO2 without pumping it back into the air?
Rmdhn Pred 11 dnevi
I use the pollution to make the pollution
Alex Cuevas
Alex Cuevas Pred 12 dnevi
Yess, long live the next gen v8 Ford raptor and the loud noise
Daniel Brown
Daniel Brown Pred 12 dnevi
It will never be cheaper than electric, but maybe an option in the future for car collectors. I wouldn't mind paying 20 dollars a gallon on fuel if I only drove the car once every couple weeks.
Michael Davis
Michael Davis Pred 12 dnevi
Wait, so black top is cleaner for the environment than concrete?
Marcus Lindberg
Marcus Lindberg Pred 12 dnevi
The reason companies are launching electric cars now is so they can continue to produce dirty electricity for a while because its needed. And they also whant ppl to pay more for the electricity so companies producing fuel have time to invest in producing electricity instead. So everyone is happy and get to keep their money and stay on top of the world
Lee Smith
Lee Smith Pred 12 dnevi
still don't want the exhaust fumes on the road even if they do make it net zero. leave the co2 where it was, probably more spread out.
Retro Man
Retro Man Pred 12 dnevi
I hope so I pray we can keep our combustion engines forever
Aditya Putra
Aditya Putra Pred 5 dnevi
Me too I'm agree if we can't keep the fossil fuel forever but i disagree if we can't keep the combustion engine forever i prefer the engine sound from exhaust instead speaker i believe there is other way to make ICE as ckean as EV i hope this works and all manufacture see this and then they make ICE cars live forever
Metroplex Pred 12 dnevi
**thinks about that one Transformers: Prime episode about synthetic energon**
St-Ex Pred 13 dnevi
Little remaining problem: synthetic fuel can indeed be made... but for a cost of $20-30 per gallon, as their synthesis is an incredibly complex process. You like that price? I guess that you can afford it if you are a passionate Porsche owner...
St-Ex Pred 13 dnevi
Well... you seem to have forgotten that combustion also unavoidably produce NOx, whether the fuel used is of fossil, synthetic or bio origin! Combustion engines are a good idea... from the late 19th century!
Xiemen Florin
Xiemen Florin Pred 13 dnevi
I think maybe synthetic fuel wil be useful for planes because electric planes is not happening any time soon
XF丨SATÁN Pred 13 dnevi
Bill Bill
Bill Bill Pred 14 dnevi
Yeast sugar and water and you can make fuel you can run in your car 🚗
illumi nadi
illumi nadi Pred 14 dnevi
I once smelled/huff a gallon of gas, for 30min-1hr(I think), in our garage when I was 11. I get high. Never did it again cuz I get scared as fuck
illumi nadi
illumi nadi Pred 14 dnevi
Sounds expensive
illumi nadi
illumi nadi Pred 14 dnevi
I walk and commute cuz I love earth
UN1-TY music
UN1-TY music Pred 14 dnevi
Will it make sound?
m bishop
m bishop Pred 14 dnevi
clickbait bs
James Beckett
James Beckett Pred 15 dnevi
Vote to change the title from could to should
Gplayer Pred 15 dnevi
The problem witch cleen fule is you have to use a lot of energy to create it insted you can power an electric car and just drive it creating less polution and being more energy effective than using electricity to combine co2 and other chemicals to create gasoline
Idid Yermom
Idid Yermom Pred 17 dnevi
The German's had massive synthetic fuel production facilities in WW2. Carbon Neutral isn't necessary, reduction at any level is progress and it means nothing if China and India continue to pump out CO2 beyond every other country combined.
Robert Balejik
Robert Balejik Pred 17 dnevi
freevalve hybrids running on methanol produced by cheap, safe & clean molten salt nuclear
Gus Pred 17 dnevi
If auto companies really cared, they'd have already been using E85 or hemp fuel. Both are at least carbon neutral and are a cleaner fuel under combustion.
Natsutoshi Sumita
Natsutoshi Sumita Pred 17 dnevi
I would say synthetic fuel gonna be cheper earlier than electric vehicle would be because EV requires rare metals like lithium
Zachary Archbold
Zachary Archbold Pred 18 dnevi
I wonder if the engine has to be modified to accept the new fuel
Mahdi hussain
Mahdi hussain Pred 16 dnevi
No it doesn't
Patrick O'Sullivan
Patrick O'Sullivan Pred 19 dnevi
First off, great video. I just wanted to add something that you guys didn’t really talk about. It’s a process called Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (discovered in the 1920s by German and Dutch scientists... later utilized by the Germans in wwII). Essentially it is Running carbon monoxide and hydrogen feed gas over a catalyst at high temperatures to produce a wide range of clean hydrocarbons with extremely low sulfur counts (as sulfur isn’t a reactant). Research is still being done on the fundamentals of the process but it hasn’t really taken off very well until recently due to the cost of the catalysts (typically Fe, Co, or Ru). Just something I thought y’all at donut might find interesting to look into.
Jimmy Pred 19 dnevi
I doubt it. Way too political.
GreenBeret1903 Pred 19 dnevi
Gas cars are already cleaner than eletric when you consider the strip mining required to make the batteries
Francisco José Stefanelli
Here in Brazil is common to use ethanol, from sugar cane, planted here. Almost every car hetero are flex (run with alcohol and gas), but suck, because it runs optimally in gas neither in alcohol.
Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones Pred 19 dnevi
It’s not just Porsche doing this. There’s a company outta Canada doing something very similar that has Bill Gates as it’s top investor
Joshua Harmon
Joshua Harmon Pred 20 dnevi
Guy should of "danced" around the donut, would of sold it better
Markus Schulz
Markus Schulz Pred 20 dnevi
Wood has the same properties and is abundant and cheap. Just change your carburetor... btw, this had already been done nearly 100 years ago.
Melchor Vincent Agot
Melchor Vincent Agot Pred 20 dnevi
I thought this was a WheelHouse episode....
Carlo de Guzman
Carlo de Guzman Pred 21 dnevom
final someone said it... cool things are expensive
Roy Diedesch
Roy Diedesch Pred 21 dnevom
Porsche isn’t the only proponent of this. A lot of motorcycle brands have plans to introduce electric bikes over the year but Ducati has made a statement a few weeks ago that they plan to put all their cards into synthetic fuels as well
Jeremy Finch
Jeremy Finch Pred 21 dnevom
If only we had a pipeline to eliminate diesel powered trucks delivering it all over the US...
Voihan Viineri
Voihan Viineri Pred 21 dnevom
No. Because oil giants won't like that.
M The g
M The g Pred 21 dnevom
Clean combustion makes me bust son
Rambi Pred 21 dnevom
Lol, good luck.
Anthony Pritchard
Anthony Pritchard Pred 21 dnevom
Hydro electric power is another way to produce synthetic fuel as is Nuclear which likely would need to be used for electric vehicle charging as well. In BC Canada a very controversial Hydro Electric power dam is being built which is expected to have a negative return that is an economic disaster. Such a process for manufacturing synthetic fuel could change that.
Graham Kingston
Graham Kingston Pred 21 dnevom
Hydrogen can be created at the gas station
SevenDeMagnus Pred 21 dnevom
SocialHostage Pred 21 dnevom
There are already sports cars running on LPG. Cheap and plentiful and clean fuel. Methane an other great option. Methane can also be obtained from natural processes like fermenting biomass cow dung and such.
Vykier Pred 22 dnevi
More power to Porche.
Wolfstanus Pred 22 dnevi
Knowing alot about electronics and batteries? Yeah electric cars aren't green in the slightest.
Gustavo Rodriguez
Gustavo Rodriguez Pred 22 dnevi
Chile es el mejor país de Chile
Climbing the Sine Curve
Sounds really stupid
ja co
ja co Pred 22 dnevi
CO2 is plant food idiots.
Elijah Jammer
Elijah Jammer Pred 22 dnevi
I have a chemistry test tomorrow and this video really helped
Toggymok Pred 22 dnevi
@4:27, i would beg to differ against the saying 'NOT MAKING NEW CO2". In the same theory as 'Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed'. The Co2 has been on Earth ALL along. The Greta Thundbergs and her zombie followers will suffer a broken brain when you tell them that. Simply the truth. Humans have not created Co2 and unleashed it apon this Earth.
Basghetti Wigs Enthusiast Guild
"I'm telling you, the government has a car that runs on water, man."
Anime Pred 23 dnevi
Hella yes we don't need poo pok cars, think about next gen kids man
LT.XLILCHINOX Pred 23 dnevi
37 dollars per gallon lol ur fucked
Elrog3 Pred 23 dnevi
Its a bit disingenuous to call it a draw on environmental impact during use of the car. Using electricity directly is always going to be more efficient than adding extra in-between steps to get the cars wheels turning. It would take more electricity to create enough synthetic fuel to travel 100 miles than to just go that 100 miles by using an electric engine. And where the specific electricity comes from for making it is completely irrelevant. If you use more solar and wind electricity to make one thing, that's less of the available solar and wind energy that you get to use for other things.
Mutant Ryeff
Mutant Ryeff Pred 23 dnevi
I'm curious about HHO devices.
MrGhost_Gaming28 Pred 23 dnevi
Will this work I hope otherwise I won't have mustang
Thomas Davis
Thomas Davis Pred 23 dnevi
Wow all the efficiency of hydrogen production, carbon sequestration AND internal combustion! We'd better have a huge energy surplus to justify this wasteful fuel source.
Marcus H
Marcus H Pred 23 dnevi
So glad to see billions being invested into a louder, smokier, more air polluting solution to our electric car problem
Austin Robinett
Austin Robinett Pred 24 dnevi
That would be great for the continuation of airfare. Unless they find a way to create an electric jet engine
Raf galvão
Raf galvão Pred 24 dnevi
Looks like this is for airplanes
Sean697 Pred 24 dnevi
If you give EV the same requirements you do for synthetic fuels, EV’s and synthetics energy would both be made from carbon neutral sources. The difference being EV’s dont deal in the carbon cycle at at all for operating. But EV’s win on efficiently. You’ll never get the same efficiency as an electric motor over a ICE. So far less electricity used. Now for long haul and other applications there will still be a need for this kind of fuel. I could see them coexisting and having vehicles where it makes sense to use one or the other. But from a solar panel right into your car is gonna be far cheaper and more efficient than this large conversion process.
DAVE Pred 24 dnevi
Porshe is a hero ✅
damien parker
damien parker Pred 24 dnevi
Sorry but I think due to the overcomplex and energy intensive nature of this , it seems doomed to be an expensive pie in the sky failure. I think ev's will only get better and cheaper and they will dominate
kobenoyashi Pred 24 dnevi
The gas companies must be looking for this type of solution too right?
MotoMatt Pred 24 dnevi
The DIU is on the case.
Robert Wilhelm
Robert Wilhelm Pred 24 dnevi
Battery acid does more harm to the earth then natural gas. Imagine where all the batteries are gonna go when they're bad. A landfill or junkyard. And they're gonna leak and leak and ruin the natural ground water under the earth and the quality of the dirt for farming. If anything we should be focusing on its hydrogen. As it would expell literal oxygen as a biproduct.
Vincent Loparo III
Vincent Loparo III Pred 24 dnevi
Been saying this for a decade.
Rhai Boi
Rhai Boi Pred 24 dnevi
This reminds me of that water powered car
Albin Baby
Albin Baby Pred 24 dnevi
Automobile sector sucks How many alternatives will they make 1 hydrogen 2 electricity 3 e fuel 4 any thing else
Christopher Carson
Christopher Carson Pred 24 dnevi
I hope I can afford this fuel if its produced
LoveCamping313 Pred 24 dnevi
LoXeras Pred 24 dnevi
Why make Efuels and waste a lot of energy when we just can use the electricity direct 🤦‍♂️ the overall efficiency of an electric car is at 75%, when you run your gascar on Efuels its 13%. So a lot of energy wasted
Jonathan Deinhard
Jonathan Deinhard Pred 25 dnevi
Synthetic fuel is cool and all but it will be pretty expensive as it uses about 5 to 6 times more clean energy than a battery electric Car. But i guess for an emthusiast and a car thats not a daily driver that would be okay. Porsche says it will sell 90% electric in 2030 and the e fuel is only for Oldtimers and Porsche 911.
MegaTronn Pred 25 dnevi
I'm here for it. We already run cars on corn and I'd also love to see cars running on hemp fuel as well. Investing more into biofuels will ensure that petrol and electric vehicles can coexist on these streets. Besides, not everybody can afford an EV. So this is a really good thing going.
Josh Potter
Josh Potter Pred 25 dnevi
This seems like a much better solution to our problems. We can keep much of our infrastructure and cars on the road. There by reducing pollution even more.
Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl Pred 25 dnevi
Carbon isn't the problem... plant more trees and they grow better with more carbon
Miguel Gutierrez
Miguel Gutierrez Pred 25 dnevi
Bcuz Aholez and LilDjckz get along.
I suck at Sim racing
I suck at Sim racing Pred 25 dnevi
Me driving past a Porsche dealership : I N V E S T
WilliamOccamensis Pred 25 dnevi
I think the Nazis were making synthetic fuel, though it was certainly not carbon-neutral. There is no practical possibility in sight for e-ships or e-aircraft. If this works, presumably a tanker carrying e-fuel could use some of it to power itself.
Carmelo Bilski
Carmelo Bilski Pred 25 dnevi
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Jerome Und
Jerome Und Pred 25 dnevi
Nice marketing play by Porsche but it’s not really doable at scale. Although there is too much CO2 in the atmosphere, its concentration in the air is very small. About 0.05%. This a low density gas too. That’s about 1g per cubic meter of normal air. To capture a large quantity’s of carbon, you would have to get enormous quantity of air inside your extractor. Imagine having to produce millions of tons of this fuel. Also it is very difficult to extract low density gas mixed with other gas. It can be done for a few vehicles, at a high price, but it cannot be done at large for the automotive industry
Devin Tripp
Devin Tripp Pred 26 dnevi
You forgot to mention the actual problem with co2 is that it’s in the atmosphere. So taking it out of the ground and putting it in the atmosphere in the same amounts doesn’t solve the problem
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