ARKANSAS, Oct 30 (Future Headlines)- To drive the development and global expansion of environmentally friendly combustion engines powered by renewable biofuels, MAHLE has inaugurated the Global Bio-Mobility Center in Jundiaí, Brazil. This strategic move aligns with recent efforts by G20 countries, including Brazil, the United States, India, and several European nations, to establish the Global Biofuels Alliance. The alliance aims to accelerate the decarbonization of the transportation sector through increased biofuel blending in conventional fuels and expanded use of pure biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.
While the future of mobility is undeniably moving toward battery-electric and hybrid vehicles, there is a clear recognition that clean and efficient combustion engines and hydrogen propulsion systems will remain crucial components of the future propulsion mix, given the distinct regional dynamics at play. Passenger cars and trucks alike will see varying developments based on the geographic context. In emerging markets, such as India and South America, demand for vehicles with internal combustion engines is expected to continue growing. In these regions, the swift adoption of sustainable fuels like e-fuels and biofuels will play a pivotal role in achieving decarbonization in the transportation sector.
Arnd Franz, CEO of MAHLE, emphasized the importance of promoting biofuels alongside electric vehicles and hydrogen-based fuels to expedite the decarbonization process. He pointed out that sustainable biofuels, such as ethanol, have already demonstrated their efficiency, practicality, and competitiveness in the market. Franz believes that these fuels can make a substantial contribution to creating a climate-neutral mobility ecosystem, especially in regions with strong agricultural sectors.
The Global Bio-Mobility Center in Jundiaí will work closely with MAHLE’s Tech Centers in Farmington Hills, USA, and Pune, India. The center in Brazil will bring together over two decades of application engineering expertise in ethanol and biodiesel engine development. As part of one of the largest engine development centers in South America, MAHLE’s Jundiaí Tech Center boasts dedicated resources for internal combustion engine development, including extensive testing with sustainable fuels.
In addition to its engine-focused initiatives, the Tech Center in Jundiaí is deeply engaged in digitalization, using virtual simulations to optimize the design of efficient and eco-friendly engines that will shape the future of sustainable mobility.
Writing by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White