Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that it will begin a project with Saudi Aramco and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology that is aimed at making internal combustion engines more efficient and reducing the emissions of carbon-di-oxide. The project envisages developing new low-carbon fuels as well as new engines to optimise the use of the fuel.
The participants project that despite rapid growth of electric and hybrid technologies, 84% of the global fleet will still run on internal combustions in 2035. The aim is then to make the process from well head to the wheel far more efficient on these vehicles.
Within this project, Saudi Aramco will develop a fuel based on a refinery process that results in lower carbon dioxide emissions, and Mazda and AIST will research and develop a high-efficiency engine that runs on the fuel. The initiative supports Mazda’s multi-solution approach to reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions. The company believes it is no longer sufficient to focus solely on the tank-to-wheel phase and develop fuel-efficient engines and cars that emit low levels of carbon dioxide in road traffic.