China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. (GAC) has introduced an engine powered by Ammonia, which can add to the list of greener solutions like electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells and emerge as an alternative clean motor technology.
The motor was unveiled at the firm’s annual technology event in Beijing. The newly released motor harnesses ammonia, a clean and readily available fuel source, as its primary energy source.
Ammonia has been considered as a clean fuel for ships, airliners, trucks and trains, but China’s GAC believes it could also have a future in passenger cars. It has developed a 2.0 litre engine that can burn liquid ammonia safely and efficiently. GAC claims that this will have a 120 kW peak power output and a 90% reduction in carbon emissions compared to conventional fuels.
Although the engine is still in the early stages of development, this represents a significant step forward in the development of ammonia as a viable alternative fuel for transportation. This also helps in combatting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with conventional gasoline-powered vehicles
It still remains uncertain whether ammonia will become a mainstream fuel for cars. However, GAC’s announcement shows that the company is committed to exploring alternative fuel options and minimizing its carbon footprint.