C3-Mobility – Motivation and Goals


Various approaches in the transport sector are working on a way to reduce CO2 emissions and thus achieve the climate protection goals of Paris. Battery electric and hydrogen-based propulsion systems or fuel cell technology, however, are not the only way to break new ground. Especially for long distances or large transport volumes, regenerative synthetic fuels are an excellent alternative – they can be used not only on the road, but also in the air and on water, thus contributing to a more climate-friendly balance of the entire transport sector.

We stand behind the ambitious Paris goals and are actively involved in shaping the energy revolution. The C3-Mobility project is therefore investigating five different gasoline and diesel fuels based on methanol with regard to their different production and consumption chains, efficiencies and market launch scenarios. The liquid energy carrier is comparatively simple, flexible and standardized to produce and can be easily stored and transported. Based on an application-oriented approach, we develop C3-Mobility system solutions with all relevant actors. The synergy utilization of the coupled electricity, mobility and heating sectors offers a particularly sustainable perspective.

C3-Mobility pursues the goal of showing promising ways into a CO2-neutral mobility of the future. To this end, the long-term motor use of methanol-based fuels, both as pure fuel and as blend, is considered. The final result is a holistic evaluation of the individual fuels with regard to environmental compatibility in production and consumption chains, efficiency as well as sales and market launch. In addition, approaches are being identified to reduce CO2 fleet emissions in the short term. It is examined, which efficiencies Well-to-Wheel are to be reached already today. Methanol-to-Gasoline and 2-butanol are used as blend fuels for the gasoline engine analysis. 1-octanol and oxymethylene ether (OME) are investigated as admixtures for diesel engines.