In the pilot phase, eFuel production of around 130,000 liters (34,342 gallons) per year is planned. Initially the fuel is to be used in lighthouse projects such as the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and at Porsche Experience Centers. After the pilot phase, the first scaling will take the project in Chile up to a projected 55 million liters (14.53 million gallons) per year by the middle of the decade. Around two years later the capacity is expected to be 550 million liters (145.3 million gallons).
The south of Chile offers ideal conditions for the production of eFuels, with the wind blowing for around 270 days a year and enabling the wind turbines to operate at full capacity. Punta Arenas is also located close to the Strait of Magellan. From the port of Cabo Negro, the synthetic eFuel can be transported just like traditional fuels all over the world, and be distributed using the existing infrastructure.
Porsche is working towards a CO₂-neutral balance sheet across the entire value chain by 2030. This also includes a CO₂-neutral usage phase for future all-electric models. Synthetic fuels supplement electromobility and are part of the sports car manufacturer’s sustainability strategy. Porsche has already invested over $100 million in the development and production of eFuels. For example, the sports car manufacturer invested $75 million in HIF Global LLC in April 2022. This company plans, builds and operates eFuel plants in Chile, USA and Australia.
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