The car industry is in full steam trying to save the combustion engine – their best bet being synthetic fuels. Synthetic fuels are touted as being carbon neutral and an efficient way to phase out old cars from fossil fuels, but it’s not as straightforward as it sounds.
The reality of synthetic fuels is that they are far from being the most effective way to decarbonize individual transport. The environmental impact caused by producing these fuels, the challenge of creating a distribution network for them, and the financial cost of production make them far more complex than initially thought to be.
When taking into account all these factors, electric vehicles appear to be a much better option as they are increasingly more reliable, have a lower carbon footprint, and require no new infrastructure or specialized fuel production plants. Furthermore, all-electric cars are becoming increasingly competitively priced and in some cases can even save drivers money in the long run due to low operating costs.
It is important that car manufacturers take into account all these factors when making decisions on how best to reduce emissions from individual transportation. To learn more about this subject, we recommend watching “Synthetic Fuels: Miracle or Menace?”, a documentary exploring the truth about synthetic fuels and their impact on our environment and economy.