100% commitment to electric cars begins to suffer losses


Oliver Blume, when he was still CEO of Porsche, was already pushing synthetic fuels alongside electricity for the cars of the future. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

It was only a matter of time to verify the reasons for Volkswagen’s untimely decision to terminate the contract of Herbert Diess, CEO of the group until August 31, 2022. failures in the development of Caryadthe proprietary software of all the cars of the brands that make up the company, was probably the deathblow, but in reality what’s behind this big deal is such a drastic shift towards electricity and efficiency at all costs, which encountered too much internal opposition.

Oilver Blume, the new CEO of all Volkswagen Group brands, will arrive on September 1 from Porsche, and this is not a fact that must go unnoticed to understand the reasons for his appointment. What Blume did in Porsche had to develop the way to the continuity of internal combustion engines by replacing fossil gasoline with laboratory gasoline, known as e-fuels or synthetic fuels.

Herbert Diess, VW Group CEO until August 31, bet everything on electric cars and rejected e-fuels because of the cost of producing them.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo
Herbert Diess, VW Group CEO until August 31, bet everything on electric cars and rejected e-fuels because of the cost of producing them. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

And even if this project was exclusive to the brand, it went in the opposite direction of the policy of Diess. Now, days after taking control of the Executive Branch, Blume gave a few details about her look that give us a better understanding of the whole picture.

He did this with statements to a German media, Automobilwocheensuring that the Paris agreements on environmental protection cannot be achieved with electric mobility alone, and “I see e-fuels as a sensible solution.”

Your opinion has a very reasonable argument. According to Blume, synthetic fuels will be a complementary contribution to the electric car proposal. “For decades, there will still be vehicles with internal combustion engines. With these fuels, these types of cars would continue to operate and could contribute to a rapid reduction in CO2 emissions,” Blume pointed out.

Porsche was the spearhead, but Blume, the future CEO of VW, now assures that e-fuels could be the complement to electric
Porsche was the spearhead, but Blume, the future CEO of VW, now assures that e-fuels could be the complement to electric

And logic confirms it. That in 2035 they will stop manufacturing in Europe, and perhaps also in China and the United States, vehicles with internal combustion engines, does not imply that in the rest of the world they will not continue to be manufacturedbut also the huge number of oil-powered cars and were manufactured until 2034, will continue to be on streets and roads around the worldwith the aim of reducing the GHG (greenhouse gas) in these millions of cars would be a great contribution to the aim for carbon neutrality by 2050.

On the side of those who reject e-fuels, arguments are also heard. Producing these synthetic fuels is expensive and energy intensive due to the process they require.but the costs that industry and governments face to generate an electric matrix that ensures the supply of the volume of battery cars are not much cheaper, because that electricity must be renewablebut the cycle is not completed and even being electric these cars will also maintain the current levels of contamination by transferring them from the tailpipes of every car to electricity generators via coal.

The synthetic fuel production cycle consumes a lot of energy, but it is 100% renewable, while electricity still generates CO2 emissions in most power plants around the world.
The synthetic fuel production cycle consumes a lot of energy, but it is 100% renewable, while electricity still generates CO2 emissions in most power plants around the world.

On the other hand, obtaining the tons of lithium necessary to ensure the manufacture of batteries for years to come, and closing the sustainable cycle of recycling these batteries, remains a promise that all parties concerned must keep.

The debate is on the table at every global brand board meeting. Responding to current demand with its emission reduction requirements is necessary to maintain the profitability of the company, which sells cars, and also to generate the resources that make it possible to bet on the new sustainable mobility. blame He assured a few weeks ago, when his appointment as CEO of the VW group was already known, that the current cost of synthetic fuels could fall to 2 euros per liter if the production is of a reasonable volume like the one you envision for current heat engines to also help achieve carbon neutrality goals.

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