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Good News for E-Fuel Car Owners: EU Allows Use Beyond 2035!

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The European Union has finalized its plans to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2035 due to their pollution-contributing nature. Initially, this decision implied a complete ban on manufacturing and driving such vehicles; however, the introduction of e-fuel has provided a solution to this dilemma.

The EU’s recent decision highlights the exemption of internal combustion engines running on e-fuel from the ban. This move comes after a last-minute push to promote e-fuel production, which involves utilizing water, electricity, and atmospheric particles.

Let’s delve into the process of creating e-fuel and assess whether it stands as a superior alternative to traditional combustion engines and electric vehicles. Have you heard about direct air capture technology, as discussed in my recent article covering Microsoft’s innovative plans in this area?

Essentially, e-fuel production involves extracting carbon dioxide from the air and storing it while generating hydrogen from water to combine into e-fuel. Despite e-fuel engines emitting some CO2, the EU supports this method as direct air capture can offset these emissions.

Encouraging a cycle of carbon dioxide balance (cue Elton John’s tune from Lion King with customized lyrics and share it for a fun time).

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The recent EU decision comes with a few challenges. The e-fuel concept is still in its nascent stages, making its production costly compared to simply recharging an electric vehicle. Conversely, electric cars face weight issues due to their bulky batteries and charging apparatus, prompting many manufacturers to consider e-fuel as a viable alternative.

In essence, the choice lies between eliminating emissions altogether or effectively recycling them, both of which are preferable to perpetuating environmental pollution and global warming.

Image Source: Pierre Teyssot / Shutterstock

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