Geely's Methanol Marvel: A Green Fuel Revolution

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Geely Group charts a pioneering course towards a carbon-neutral future with its green methanol solution. Amid global efforts for carbon neutrality by 2050, Geely's investment in methanol stands out. By converting waste CO2 from heavy industry into clean-burning methanol, Geely creates a 'green' fuel with significantly reduced emissions. The success in Guiyang, where over 90% of the taxi fleet runs on methanol, showcases the real-world impact. Geely's Emgrand M100 Hybrid, using 100% methanol, introduces a new era in sustainable mobility. Methanol emerges as a promising player in the quest for eco-friendly energy solutions.


The year 2020 witnessed a pivotal moment in the global fight against climate change as more than 50 countries committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. This collective endeavor to secure a sustainable future has become a defining theme for the 21st century. The automotive sector, a significant contributor to carbon emissions, is grappling with the challenge of aligning with these ambitious targets.

While battery electric vehicles dominate discussions as a clean energy solution, the ramp-up of infrastructure and achieving universal electric vehicle coverage remains a prolonged endeavor. As an interim solution to address the urgent need for sustainable actions, alternative options gain prominence. One such avenue gaining traction is the exploration of 'green fuels,' with methanol emerging as a frontrunner.

Geely Group, a trailblazer in automotive innovation, has been heavily investing in 'green methanol' since 2005. The approach involves a holistic consideration of the entire methanol fuel ecosystem, from production using renewable methods to active use cases across China.

The journey traces back to 2015 when Geely invested in Carbon Recycling International (CRI), an Icelandic company focused on repurposing naturally produced carbon dioxide from volcanic activity. By combining captured carbon dioxide with hydrogen, generated through electrolysis using renewable energy, CRI produced green methanol. Impressed by this initiative, Geely brought the technology to China, constructing the country's first carbon dioxide-to-methanol recycling plant in Anyang.

Unlike relying on volcanic activity, Geely addressed the more significant issue of carbon emissions from heavy industry, aiming to capture waste carbon dioxide before it enters the atmosphere. The process transforms this waste into cleaner-burning methanol, classified as 'green' fuel. The carbon dioxide emissions repurposed for methanol production are considered 'free,' effectively halving the amount that would have entered the atmosphere otherwise. Beyond this environmental benefit, methanol burns significantly cleaner than petrol, producing 99% less sulphur oxides, 60% less nitrogen oxides, and 75% less particulate matter.

Geely's commitment to reducing carbon footprints reflects in the impressive results. While automakers globally strive to cut CO2 emissions for passenger cars, the average emission across Europe per car was 116.3 grams per kilometer in 2022. In stark contrast, Geely's methanol-powered passenger car, the previous generation non-hybrid Geely Emgrand M100, emitted just 46 grams per kilometer of CO2 from well to wheel.

Geely's impact extends beyond individual vehicles. The Guiyang local government's decision to convert the majority of the city's taxi fleet to methanol-powered cars underscores the tangible benefits. With operating costs as low as 0.3RMB per kilometer, over 90% of the city's fleet now runs on methanol, reducing the city's dependence on oil by 8%.

The evolution of Geely's methanol-powered Emgrand continues with the latest version introducing hybrid technology. The Emgrand M100 Hybrid operates on pure electric energy at low speeds and seamlessly switches to a combination of electric and methanol power when needed, boasting a combined 264hp. Notably, it runs on 100% methanol, avoiding blends with petrol seen in some cases.

While methanol alone may not be the singular answer to the planet's energy challenges, its promising role in reducing emissions and fostering real-world use cases is undeniable. Geely's commitment, exemplified in Guiyang and beyond, signals a renewable fuel's potential impact in the automotive industry. As Geely continues to innovate, methanol emerges as a crucial player in the ongoing quest for sustainable and eco-friendly energy solutions. Image Source: SteelGuru.


Geely's dedication to a sustainable and carbon-neutral future is exemplified by its groundbreaking work in the realm of 'green methanol.' As the global community strives for carbon neutrality by 2050, Geely's investment in methanol emerges as a strategic move to address the urgent need for sustainable energy solutions in the automotive sector. By converting waste carbon dioxide from heavy industry into clean-burning methanol, Geely creates a 'green' fuel with significantly reduced emissions. The real-world success in Guiyang, where over 90% of the taxi fleet runs on methanol, showcases the tangible impact of this innovative approach. The introduction of hybrid technology in the latest version of the Emgrand M100 further underscores Geely's commitment to advancing sustainable mobility solutions. Methanol, with its flexibility and promising real-world applications, is poised to play a pivotal role in the ongoing quest for eco-friendly energy solutions.

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