Biofuel could give new life to the ICE, but scale is a challenge

Alternative fuels have long promised greener transportation, yet remain dogged by controversy. Shell believes change is on the way, potentially adding several years of life to the ICE. By Xavier Boucherat

The automotive industry has spent the better part of a century refining internal combustion engine (ICE) technology: it is difficult to overstate just how advanced the modern powertrain is. When one considers the millions of man-hours and the billions of dollars that have been poured into propelling cars via controlled explosions, along with the worldwide network of supporting infrastructure, it’s easy to understand why the industry has proven unenthusiastic about moving on.

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