eMethanol Car

Carbon2Chem® L-VIII Subproject


The Carbon2Chem® research project is examining not only the synthesis of basic chemical products, but also how they are used later on. Within the L-VIII subproject, the main aim is to demonstrate the usability of “green” methanol in the automotive sector as a carbon-neutral, emission-free fuel that is suitable for global use. One potential basis for this is the methanol produced with CO2 from industry point sources using the Carbon2Chem® method.

The subproject is focusing on developing and testing vehicles that use serial hybrid propulsion, a new system being demonstrated in the project using test vehicles. The system is designed for use in cars and small utility vehicles.

The main goals being pursued are as follows:

  • Development of an electrified vehicle with an emission-minimized hybrid propulsion system that is highly efficient (i.e., consumes minimal fuel)
  • Provision of a cost-effective, sustainable vehicle concept
  • Provision of a propulsion system to be produced on existing production lines
  • Validation and optimization of the propulsion system and its control strategy when using methanol and/or its derivatives (A21)
  • Provision of a propulsion system that is able to use the existing infrastructure of fuel distributors

Information material Carbon2Chem® subproject "eMethanol Car"

Project structure

Carbon2Chem® brings together basic research, applied research and industries. A look at the structure of this collaboration.

 Partners in Subproject L-VIII
Partners RWTH Aachen University
Technische Universität München
Technische Universität Dresden
Overall management of the subproject OBRIST DE GmbH

Interviews on the subproject »eMethanol Car«


Scientist / 25.1.2023

Frank Atzler

"Electricity will be the future of our energy supply."


Scientist / 13.1.2023

Malte Jaensch

"Carbon2Chem® is a valuable contribution to the energy transition."


Subproject Manager / 21.7.2022

Martin Graz

"We have adapted the zero vibration generator (ZVG) for operation with eMethanol and have run the first fine-tuning and optimization loops."