(TNS) — As automakers invest heavily in electric vehicles for the future, some also are dabbling in technology that could reduce emissions from internal combustion engines and help fulfill pledges to achieve carbon neutrality.
It’s more expensive and energy-intensive to make synthetic fuels, which is why they aren’t widely available to consumers right now. But some experts and manufacturers see synthetic fuel as just another lever — in addition to batteries and fuel cells — enabling the transportation industry to further reduce its reliance on carbon-emitting fuel to power vehicles, boats and airplanes.
And though many automakers are going all-in on the development of hybrid and battery-electric vehicles, a full transition from gas-powered vehicles still is years away. Even when EVs are more widely adopted, millions of internal combustion engine vehicles will remain on the road. Already, about half of the vehicles that will be on the road in 2030 have already been sold, most containing gas- or diesel-powered engines, according to a 2019
“There’s no silver bullet solution,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal research analyst