Stellantis, the world’s fourth-largest automaker, today announced that 28 million of its European vehicles sold since 2014 can run on low-carbon eFuel without any powertrain modification.
The company conducted months of testing at its technical centres across Europe using surrogate eFuels provided by Aramco, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals companies. The tests showed that the eFuels can be used in existing vehicles without any changes to the engine, exhaust system, or other components.
Low-carbon eFuel is a synthetic fuel made from CO2 and renewable hydrogen. It has the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles by up to 70%.
Stellantis is working with Aramco to develop low-carbon eFuel production facilities. The companies aim to have the first commercial plants operational by 2025.
The use of low-carbon eFuels is one of the ways that Stellantis is working to achieve its goal of becoming carbon net zero by 2038.
“This is a significant milestone in our journey to decarbonize transportation,” said Ned Curic, Stellantis Chief Engineering and Technology Officer. “Low-carbon eFuels offer a real opportunity to reduce emissions from our existing fleet of vehicles, and we are committed to working with partners like Aramco to make this technology a reality.”
“We are delighted to work with Stellantis on this important project,” said Amer Amer, Aramco Transport Chief Technologist. “Our collaboration is a testament to the shared commitment of our two companies to reducing emissions and creating a more sustainable future.”
The announcement by Stellantis is a major step forward for the development of low-carbon eFuels. The company’s vast fleet of vehicles provides a significant market opportunity for this technology, and its collaboration with Aramco will help to accelerate the commercialization of low-carbon eFuels.