A decision motivated precisely by the advent of synthetic fuels that, as a result, analysts say, will postpone the process of total electrification of the car for many decades, and is expected to end only in the next century.
Synthetic fuels guarantee minimal greenhouse gas emissions – after all, they use CO2 captured from the atmosphere as one of its main ingredients – eliminating most of the problems of using fossil fuels and making the “old” combustion engine play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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The automotive world operates at various speeds and if in Europe and China the electric car appears as the “new normal” for the next 10 to 20 years, in other parts of the world the electric car is still a mirage and will continue to be so. a long time. Musk’s expansionist plans for Tesla are thus compromised.
If you can’t beat them, join them
To cover all the bases, Elon Musk has given the green light, in recent weeks, to the development, some would say unbelievable, of an unprecedented petrol engine at Tesla.
An unprecedented decision that has left customers and fans of the brand astonished, but not the markets – Tesla’s shares are expected to take another leap in the coming days.
However, do not wait for a future model of the brand 100% … combustion. Future models with this gasoline engine will continue to be driven by electric motors. Yes, this gasoline engine will essentially work as a generator, taking the place of batteries. In other words, it will be a hybrid vehicle, as we have seen in other brands such as Nissan and Honda.
At the moment the information is still very scarce and it is not even possible to know what type of engine it is: will it be two or four stroke? Will it be a cylinder or rotor engine? The speculation is great, but coming from Tesla, it will certainly be an “out of the box” solution.
We only know that all development will be optimized to use synthetic fuels, in this case synthetic gasoline, which due to its nature does not have the same impurities as gasoline derived from petroleum.
However, very recently, we saw a prototype of the Model 3 (in the highlighted image) with the words “Hyper Hybrid” on its side – is this how the technology will be known? According to internal sources, it is a preliminary prototype to which a small internal combustion engine has been added (but not the one Tesla is developing) and the batteries removed, which served to demonstrate the functioning of the entire system.
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Gasoline engine with Portuguese “rib” and space technology
There is no corner in the world where no Portuguese is spoken and the same is true in Fremont, California, where Tesla is headquartered. The team gathered by Elon Musk to develop this gasoline engine is being led by a Portuguese: Álvaro Cambota.
Son of Portuguese emigrants, this mechanical engineer captured Musk’s attention at SpaceX, where Álvaro Cambota was involved in the development of the Falcon 9 rocket propulsion system.
Musk chose him to lead the team, as Cambota’s involvement in the development of Falcon 9 engines led to important advances in technologies associated with combustion, which have applications in engines that can equip cars.
Tesla gas engine factory on the way to Portugal?
Portugal may also have an additional role in relation to the Tesla gasoline engine. The contacts established between Tesla and the Portuguese State during the process for choosing a construction site for a Gigafactory in Europe – ended up going to Berlin, Germany – makes Portugal now at the forefront for the construction of a Gigafactory… for gasoline engines.
The decision-making process is not over yet – more countries are being considered -, but the official announcement will take place precisely one year from now, on April 1, 2022. Tesla’s gasoline engine will hit the market in 2025, so the factory will have to be ready sooner, still in 2024.
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