Volkswagen to create research center for biofuel engines in Brazil

Source: By MRT • Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Sao Paulo, Jul 12 (EFE) .- The German group Volkswagen announced on Monday that Brazil will “host and lead” a Research and Development (R&D) center for engines that run on ethanol and other biofuels for emerging markets.

The unit, which will have the support of the car company, although it will function independently from it, will aim to “intensify studies for the development of biofuel-based technologies,” Volkswagen said in a statement.

“We are going to act in alliance with the Government, universities and agribusiness so that we can work with the best for the future of mobility,” said the president and CEO of Volkswagen for Latin America, Pablo Di Si, quoted in the note.

In this way, Brazil will “lead and develop” technological solutions based on the “use of clean energy from biofuels”, with the idea of ​​”exporting” them to other emerging economies, within the strategy for the gradual adoption of electric motors or hybrids.

Volkswagen aims to become an emissions neutral company until 2050, after joining the Paris Agreement.

According to its calculations, the group plans to phase out combustion vehicle production in Europe between 2033 and 2035, and “a little later” in the United States and China.

“In emerging markets, such as Brazil, it may take even longer to go fully electric,” said the company, citing among the factors that “preclude” faster changes: the lack of charging infrastructure, renewable energy and the level of income local.

“That is why it is necessary to explore alternative options taking advantage of the local resources that are currently available. The use of biofuels is a complementary strategy to help the industry in emerging markets to neutralize carbon emissions,” he added.

Volkswagen also rescued a study by WWF Brazil that indicates that until 2030 biofuels can supply 72% of the Brazilian demand for fuel “only optimizing the currently degraded pastures without competing with the land necessary for food production.”