Petrol alternative offers ‘better’ performance

A Member of Parliament is calling for more action to be taken on sustainable fuels that can be run on current vehicles with petrol engines.

Whilst a growing number of companies are researching sustainable fuels, the Government does not feature it in their current plans to ban the sale of new petrol, diesel, and full-hybrid cars by 2030.

Greg Smith, MP for Buckingham, explained that he supports the fuel, regularly using it in a 1981 Land Rover Series III.

He said: “This is a big passion for me in parliament because we all understand that we need to de-fossilize, this isn’t some kind of crusade to keep the internal combustion engine.

“We need to find a way in a genuinely sustainable, fossil-free, carbon neutral way to keep classic cars on the road, to run aircraft, to run ships potentially, to run current diesel trains and hyper-cars perhaps.”

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Greg also explained that synthetic fuels can be produced sustainably, using carbon that is captured by exhaust emissions.

He added that, whilst he supports the switch to electric vehicles, more focus should be placed on the carbon footprint of producing the new vehicles.

Whilst the production of lithium is becoming increasingly more sustainable, the batteries it is used in are expected to last between 10 and 20 years, causing some experts to fear that more carbon will be generated safely disposing them.

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Based at Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire, Sustain Classic manufactures sustainable fuels with a particular focus on keeping classic cars on the roads.

Their flagship product, Super 80, features at least 80 percent sustainable content sourced from plant and food waste.

However, whilst it features sustainable materials, the company claims that the fuel offers better performance than standard petrol.

David Richardson, Business Development Director for Sustain Classic added that using synthetic fuels in a car is very similar to conventional petrol or diesel.

He explained: “The great thing about these is that there’s no modifications needed, and that’s the whole premise to synthetic fuels, the user experience should be just the same as going to the forecourt.

“We have a pump on use which is by in large the same as going to the forecourt with the added perk that you can go and see some classic cars as well.”

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