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Hitting the road with fewer emissions

The innovations fueling today’s products and tomorrow’s solutions

Hitting the road with fewer emissions

A catalyst for low-carbon fuels

As more people around the world gain access to personal mobility, meeting the demand for lower-emission fuels will be essential for a lower-carbon future. ExxonMobil has a rich history of driving change in the automotive sector, and today’s researchers are building on that foundation to help create new, lower-emission fuels.
 

Foundational science for tomorrow’s breakthroughs

Tomorrow’s engines require high-performance fuels and durable oils that enable drivers to go farther on less while also producing fewer emissions. This all starts with a commitment to and investment in fundamental science, which guides our researchers in their search for new breakthroughs.

Today, for example, ExxonMobil is partnering with Porsche to produce eFuel — an advanced synthetic fuel with fewer emissions, compared to conventional fuels — based on our technological expertise in transforming methanol to gasoline. As with our testing of advanced biofuels, ExxonMobil brings its decades of fuel expertise to this partnership.

Driving solutions with materials

Lower-emission advances aren’t just under the hood. Replacing light-duty vehicle steel components with lighter-weight plastics — from bumper to bumper — can enable better performance and a lower-emission footprint. Find out more about our offerings and discover how our scientists are helping to create new solutions to a world with more drivers and fewer emissions.

Polypropylene

The building blocks of plastics in bumpers and dashboards help make cars lighter and more efficient, thereby cutting emissions.

Lightweight plastics

Modern plastics make up half a vehicle’s volume, but only 10 percent of its weight. Lighter cars help produce fewer emissions.

Butyl rubber

Higher fuel efficiency reduces emissions, and this rubber helps by weighing less and retaining inflation.

Cracking the code on biofuels

Biofuel refers to an umbrella term of fuels that are derived from biomass, and today ExxonMobil is working with partner Viridos to advance new solutions created from algae, a nonfood source, for tomorrow’s biofuel.
petri dish with algae

Our solutions for electric vehicles

By 2040, there could be as many as 420 million electric vehicles on the road, up from 3 million in 2017. And powering these lower-emission vehicles are ExxonMobil products — including lubricants, specialty greases and e-motor fluids — that help drivers to go longer between charges.
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partnerships

Bringing in outside voices

Collaborations and partnerships are instrumental in finding tomorrow’s breakthrough cleaner fuels. Whether its partners like Viridos developing biofuels made from algae or Princeton University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment helping to extend the life cycle of electric vehicle batteries, reaching out to outside thinkers brings new lower-emission products to drivers around the world.

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