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Friday, April 1, 2022

Geely Supports Research Into Sustainable Fuels


Despite the growing shift to battery electric vehicles, Geely is continuing to back internal combustion engines by supporting the research on sustainable fuels.

Collaborating with Circle K Denmark, Aalborg University, and Fonden Green Hub Denmark, two Geely Emgrand sedans (not the current fourth-generation model sold in the Philippines) and a M100 heavy-duty truck will undergo a 15-month test and demonstration trial for green e-methanol fuel.

Little do people know, Geely is the world’s largest developer and producer of methanol vehicles. The Chinese automaker has been developing methanol vehicles for over 17 years. Over the course of those years, it has launched 20 methanol-powered vehicles and obtained more than 256 patents.

The Emgrand methanol sedan and Farizon M100 heavy-duty truck used in the test shows a 70 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to gasoline models. Previous demonstration trials of the Geely Emgrand methanol sedans, for example, showed that its well to wheel emissions was just at 46 grams of CO2 per kilometer—even lower than EVs in most countries.

On the other hand, Denmark, while one of the largest producers of wind and solar renewable energy still faces the issue of power being weather dependent and prone to fluctuation. They’ve found that the conversion of renewable energy to other forms such as green e-methanol is an optional solution for them to store excess renewable power while also producing a sustainable carbon neutral fuel.

In short, for testing and demonstration of methanol vehicles, Denmark is the best choice for Geely to trial green e-methanol in the hopes of introducing the fuel as a way to reach carbon neutrality at minimal costs.

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