Project to develop a low-carbon fuel and new engines
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.