Project to de­velop a low-car­bon fuel and new en­gines

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MAZDA Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion an­nounced the start of a joint re­search project with Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil com­pany of the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia, and Ja­pan’s Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ad­vanced In­dus­trial Science and Tech­nol­ogy (AIST) aimed at mak­ing in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gines more ef­fi­cient and re­duc­ing car­bon diox­ide emis­sions.

The re­search topic fo­cuses on de­vel­op­ing a low-car­bon fuel along­side re­search into in­ter­nal com­bus­tion en­gines that use the fuel. Ac­cord­ing to the global trans­port out­look to 2050 by the In­ter­na­tional En­ergy Agency, 84% of ve­hi­cles glob­ally will still make use of com­bus­tion en­gines in 2035. With the re­search project, the three com­pa­nies are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an ef­fec­tive car­bon diox­ide re­duc­tion and the tech­nolo­gies be­hind it from a well-towheel per­spec­tive, con­sid­er­ing ev­ery step in the fuel life cy­cle from oil well to wheels on the road.

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.

The joint re­search project is in line with the com­pany’s ‘Sus­tain­able Zoom-Zoom 2030’ vi­sion for tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment, an­nounced in Au­gust 2017.

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