Stellantis and Aramco validate eFuel use in European engines
Stellantis, in collaboration with Aramco, has determined that 24 engine families in European vehicles manufactured since 2014 are compatible with anticipated eFuel formulations. This conclusion follows extensive testing at Stellantis’ European technical centers using surrogate eFuels supplied by Aramco.
Stellantis is a leading global automaker and mobility provider, representing iconic brands like Jeep, Fiat, and Dodge.
eFuel is a synthetic fuel produced by combining CO2, either captured directly from the atmosphere or from industrial sources, with renewable hydrogen. It can potentially reduce carbon emissions from existing combustion vehicles by at least 70% when compared to traditional fuels.
Ned Curic, chief engineering and technology officer at Stellantis, emphasised the company’s commitment to zero-emission mobility. He highlighted the potential of eFuels in reducing CO2 emissions from the current vehicle fleet, providing a convenient option for consumers to lessen their carbon footprint.
Amer Amer, transport chief technologist at Aramco, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration with Stellantis. He emphasised the potential of synthetic fuel as a viable solution for existing vehicles, especially when produced through a low-carbon process.
As part of its Dare Forward 2030 strategy, Stellantis aims to reduce its carbon footprint by half by 2030 and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2038. The company estimates that using low-carbon eFuels in its European vehicles could lead to a reduction of up to 400 million tons of CO2 between 2025 and 2050.
Aramco is actively exploring the production of low-carbon synthetic fuels. In Saudi Arabia, Aramco and ENOWA are working on producing synthetic gasoline for passenger vehicles. In Spain, Aramco and Repsol are investigating the production of low-carbon synthetic diesel and jet fuel.