Another brand bets on synthetic fuels and pauses the electric car

Until now, Porsche was the only car brand that opted for synthetic fuels to extend the life of thermal engines. you are no longer alone

Although there are electric hypercars like the Rimac Refrigerator, the Lotus Evija or the Pininfarina BattistaAnd although Ferrari itself has confirmed that from 2025 it will have a model exclusively powered by a battery, for many supercar lovers, giving up the internal combustion engine is a challenge they are not willing to take on.

Electrification itself is not the problem, because all brands have started the path of hybridizationeven in competition. The Formula 1, the World Endurance Championship (WEC), and the Rally Championship (WRC), they already have that combination of gasoline and electricity to propel them.

The Bugatti Chiron has been the last example of a hypercar of the Italian-French brand to use the historic W16 as an engine.  Now begins the time of hybridization for the brand
The Bugatti Chiron has been the last example of a hypercar of the Italian-French brand to use the historic W16 as an engine. Now begins the time of hybridization for the brand

few days ago, Bugatti showed in detail how its famous W16 engine is assembled, in a video that they have titled “The last of its kind”. It is that the brand that now controls Rimac Automobilihas begun the era of hybridization for which this impeller historic 8-litre engine that equipped the Veyron and Chiron models for 20 years, will no longer be used.

Porsche has been the first company to bet on the survival of internal combustion engines through the use of synthetic fuels, the well-known e-fuels. The Volkswagen Group has invested some €100 million together with other companies such as Siemens Energy, Enel, and the Chilean government, to build the first e-fuels plant in Punta Arenasin the south of the Tasandean country. This laboratory fuel allows cars with thermal engines to continue operating normally but without GHG emissions into the atmosphere since they do not use fossil components.

Lamborghini's engine is the V12.  A conversion to electricity would end that legacy of its creator.  E-fuels can save it and are willing to wait for its development
Lamborghini’s engine is the V12. A conversion to electricity would end that legacy of its creator. E-fuels can save it and are willing to wait for its development

Now, another brand from the same German group has decided to bet on the same solution and although it keeps the hybrid projects intact, in its DNA is the V12 created by its founder which they seem unwilling to give up. Yes, the brand is Lamborghini, and the engine in question has been its hallmark since 1963, the year of its creation, because Ferruccio Lamborghini believed that a 12-cylinder engine best represented a high-end sports car.

This follows from a statement he has recently made Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Lamborghiniby noting that “We still have the opportunity to enter the market for synthetic fuels in this type of car. However, if ultimately that doesn’t happen, Lamborghini will be a fully electric company from the 2030s at the latest, but we don’t need to decide now.”

Lamborghini's best-selling car, the imposing SUV Urus, will also have a hybrid version, but for now there is no 100% electric in the plans
Lamborghini’s best-selling car, the imposing SUV Urus, will also have a hybrid version, but for now there is no 100% electric in the plans

While the final approval of e-fuels by the European Union is awaited, Lamborghini continues to expand its portfolio, offering hybrid drives. A few days ago it was announced that the success urus suv will have a version of these characteristics, and something similar will happen with the Hurricane. and although The 100% electric car is in the pipeline for 2025This decision does not imply that with this car the path towards the total electrification of the brand begins. In fact, Porsche continues to move beyond the Taycanwith the confirmation of the next generation of EV that includes the 718 and Macán before 2025.

One path does not interfere with the other. This is a philosophy that large manufacturers are beginning to adopt, aware of the limitations of the still very limited electrical matrix. some do through hydrogen like Toyotawho else bets on that element of nature as fuel for the future, while this choice of laboratory fuels seems to start spilling into other brands.

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