Audi will begin testing a new fuel known as “e-benzin,” a synthetic produced in collaboration with France based Global Bioenergies. “e-benzin” was created without the use of petroleum, is iso-octane free and burns with a cleaner, higher octane.
Audi is continually working with Global Bioenergies to refine “e-benzin” so it will eventually require zero biomass.
“Global Bioenergies has demonstrated the viability of the Audi “e-benzin” production process,” said Reiner Mangold, Head of Sustainable Product Development at Audi AG.
The new fuel will enhance performance in Audi’s higher compression ratio engines while still being environmentally conscious. Audi e-fuels create a CO2 footprint nearly equal to a battery powered car run on electric or solar energy
The automaker is pushing for CO2-neutral, non-fossil fuels with the development of “e-ethanol,” “e-diesel” and now “e-benzin.” Larger quantities of those synthetic fuels, to meet growing consumer demand, can be produced without sacrificing valuable farmland for food.
“This is a big step in our Audi e-fuels strategy,” Mangold said.