Audi claims it is closer to carbon-neutral cars

Already at the forefront of diesel technology with its current production cars, Audi is claiming a revolutionary step towards carbon-neutral cars after creating a new type of diesel from water and carbon dioxide.

 

Using renewable energy sources such as wind, wave and solar power, the water is split into oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen is then mixed with carbon monoxide, harvested from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and under high pressure and temperatures the two react to create crude.

This can then be refined and mixed with conventional diesel or used on its own. According to test results, it is also more efficient than conventional diesel, with 70% of its stored energy available.

The fuel is being produced by Sunfire in Dresden in collaboration with Audi, the only downside being that only 160 litres are being produced per day. However there are plans for a larger factory and once viable production levels have been achieved it could sell to the public for less than the current cost of regular diesel fuel.

Having received its' international launch recently, the new Opel Corsa OPC is set to be unleashed in Ireland this month and will be priced from €29,995.

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