Mazda has 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.
The company claims that 84% of vehicles globally will still make use of combustion engines in 2035. The three companies will investigate ways of effective carbon dioxide reduction and the technologies behind it from a well-to-wheel perspective, considering every step in the fuel life cycle from oil well to wheels on the road. Within this project, 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 that runs on the fuel.
Mazda says it believes it is no longer sufficient to focus solely on the tank-to-wheel phase and develop fuel-efficient engines and cars that emit low levels of carbon dioxide in road traffic.
The joint research project is in line with the company’s ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’ vision for technology development.