How the Mercedes-AMG F1 team is using biofuel to cut carbon emissions – Robb Report

Mercedes-AMG Petronas doesn’t just care about the results it achieves on the track.

The Formula 1 team that Sir Lewis Hamilton races for may not have a record-breaking season, but they have found reason to get excited away from racing. The operation tested biofuel in its freight vehicles and saw a massive reduction in harmful carbon emissions.

In 2022, F1 is bigger than ever with 22 grands prix spread across the world. It takes a lot of effort and money to bring the teams, their cars and their equipment to every race. Most of these operations are handled by planes or cargo trucks, which run on jet fuel and diesel, neither of which are remotely environmentally friendly. For the final part of the European leg of the competitive calendar, however, Mercedes-AMG Petronas decided to try something a little different.

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In order to reduce freight emissions, the team used hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO 100) fuel in the 16 Mercedes Actros Gigaspace race trucks that moved it between Grands Prix in Belgium, the Netherlands and Bas and Italy. Just 870 miles separate the three races, which take place at Spa, Zandvoort and Monza, so what better time to try a biofuel derived from vegetable oils, waste oils and fats. The results were stunning. Using the HVO 100 saved more than 97,204 pounds of CO2, reducing freight emissions by 89% compared to what they would have been if the trucks had been powered by diesel.

“Sustainability is at the heart of our operations. Testing the use of biofuels for our ground freight is another example of our commitment to integrating sustainability into every decision we make and every action we take,” said Toto Wolff, team principal and CEO, in a statement. communicated. “We aim to be at the forefront of change and hope to make the adoption of sustainable technologies possible, as we are all in the race towards a sustainable future.”

Freight vehicles aren’t the only area where Mercedes-AMG Petronas sees the potential of biofuels. In a recent interview with Robb Report, Wolff and Mercedes-Benz Global CEO Ola Källenius said they expect and hope to play a role in the development of a CO2-free fuel for use in Formula 1 cars in the very near future. It’s not the only team either. The competition as a whole hopes to start using sustainable fuel in its race cars by 2026. It’s not just being developed for race cars either. Wolff said he thinks it will work in road vehicles as well.