Porsche Opens EFuel Production Facility in Chile

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

We’ve been hearing about Porsche’s eFuel program for a while, but the automaker only recently opened its first production facility for the innovative gasoline alternative. The facility will start with a modest 34,000-gallon annual output before ramping to a massive 14.5 million-gallon-per-year figure by the middle of the decade.

Porsche chose a remote location in Chile as the base for its eFuel operation because the region offers 270 days of wind each year, enabling the company to run the facility on cheap renewable energy. The intense wind also lets Porsche generate power overnight when solar panels can’t. The facility’s location near the Strait of Magellan makes it easier to load the fuel onto ships for transport.

Though a promising first step, Porsche’s new fuel production facility won’t mean a change at your local pump – at least not anytime soon. The company plans to use the fuel in its Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup cars and at Porsche Experience Centers.

The eFuel production process involves splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen before combining the hydrogen with free carbon dioxide in the air. Eventually, methanol is formed, and Porsche says it can also make synthetic kerosene using the same method. It burns like gas and may end up being a direct replacement in time, but most expect the eventual rollout to be gradual, with eFuel/gasoline mixtures being the first phase.

[Image: Porsche]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • VoGhost VoGhost on Dec 29, 2022

    Economically and ecologically, eFuels are a dead end, but knock yourself out, Porsche.

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    • Paul Alexander Paul Alexander on Dec 29, 2022

      I thought the point was that you continue to speak with certainty about something that you obviously have surface level knowledge about in comparison to the company putting this into motion. At least that was my point. Couldn't care less about Porsche.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Dec 29, 2022

    If it can be used to generate lubricants then that will be a net positive. There'll always be a business case for hydrocarbon based fuels in the military.

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Dec 30, 2022

      @El Scotto - I can see that coming too.

  • Elsorrells Elsorrells on Jan 10, 2023

    If it still outputs emissions when burned, i dont see it as a real solution.