Koenigsegg Automotive experiments with volcano-powered hypercars
In an effort to create carbon-neutral hypercars, Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg Automotive has started experimenting with a new type of biofuel that comes from semi-active volcanos.
The ambitious move was spearheaded by the company’s founder and chief executive Christian von Koenigsegg, who has enlisted former Tesla executive Evan Horetsky to improve the company’s carbon footprint and incorporate sustainable technologies across its model range.
As part of its move to carbon-neutrality, the marque is looking at renewable fuels to power its vehicles, currently experimenting on new technology that could be used not only in Koenigsegg’s four-wheelers but throughout their production and supply chains, too.
The technology, which hails from Iceland, captures the CO2 that is emitted from semi-active volcanoes and converts it into methanol. The fuel, known as Vulcanol, reportedly produces 90 per cent fewer carbon emissions than fossil fuels.
While methanol vehicles still output CO2 emissions, if sustainably harvested hydrogen was also used in production, the fuel could be made carbon neutral. The idea is that the CO2 captured from the volcano merely passes through the engine of the car first, rather than being immediately released into the atmosphere by the volcano.
According to Koenigsegg, its new Gemera hypercar will possess the ability to run on E85, gasoline, or Vulcanol, through a new revolutionary engine in conjunction with three electric motors.
Koenigsess says its new platform will mix and match whatever technology “makes the most sense at any given time and for each model.”
“The Gemera, when plugged in and filling up with Gen 2.0 ethanol, in the form of alternative CO2-neutral (renewable) methanol like Vulcanol, alternative Photofuel or any mix thereof, becomes at least as CO2-neutral as an EV running on renewable electric sources such as solar or wind.”
“You don’t have to pollute the planet just because you want to have a fast, interesting sports car,” Koenigsegg adds.
Earlier this week, Geely was also reported to be pushing ahead with methanol-powered vehicles, currently trialling taxis in China, as well as developing trucks that run on biofuel.
17 June 2021