Audi's synthetic fuel efforts have taken another leap forward as the company has successfully produced their first batch of “e-benzin."
Created with the assistance of Global Bioenergies, the e-benzin is produced without the use of petroleum. The fuel also lacks sulfur and benzene which means it burns "very cleanly." More importantly, it is "100-percent iso-octane and therefore has an outstanding octane rating of RON 100."
Audi will begin testing the fuel shortly but hopes to eventually modify the production process so it only requires water, hydrogen, CO2 and sunlight to create e-benzin. This would mimic their e-diesel process which only requires air, water and green energy.
In a statement, Audi's Head of Sustainable Product Development Reiner Mangold said “Global Bioenergies has demonstrated the viability of the Audi e-benzin production process. That is a big step in our Audi e-fuels strategy.”