Volvo to electrify all cars from 2019: 'end of internal-combustion engine alone'

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To be clear, this is not the immediate end of the internal-combustion engine for Volvo: its electrified future. Volvo has announced a major leap forward in an effort to embrace an electrified portfolio of vehicles.

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FPT International introduces 8.7-liter CNG engine in China

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The CNG engine delivers equivalent performance to its diesel counterpart. The 6-cylinder engine is suited for applications such as heavy haulage, garbage collection, city and intercity transportation, and can be fueled by compressed (CNG), liquefied (LNG) or renewable (bio-methane) natural gas. Compared to the Cursor 9 diesel, the new engine has a Ni-Resist cast-iron exhaust manifold and water cooled wastegate turbocharger, increasing reliability.

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Dana presenting VariGlide beltless transmission technology at International VDI Conference

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Dana Holding Corporation will present its VariGlide planetary variator for beltless continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) at the International VDI Conference, to be held 21-22 June 2016, in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

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Is it all over for the internal combustion engine?

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News of the death of the internal combustion engine (ICE) has been greatly exaggerated, to misquote Mark Twain. That’s the over-riding feeling among c. Weekly Column Fuel Electric vehicles Technology

New SAE International symposium on range extenders for electric vehicles

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SAE International will hold a new two-day symposium in Knoxville, Tennessee on 2-3 November 2016 on range extenders for electric vehicles (REX). fuel cell stacks as well as engines); recent powertrain advances for enabling REX; infrastructure role on range extender options; and the future of REX from a prime mover perspective. Sarkar spent more than 10 years at General Motors where his last position was as lead design release engineer on the electric drive unit for the Chevy Volt.

DARPA awards LiquidPiston $2.5M to advance further X4 rotary engine prototype

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million to continue development of a new, patented, high-efficiency, lighter-weight rotary engine. hp/lb, making it up to ten times (10x) more powerful than a standard diesel engine with the same weight. Water may be injected to internally cool the engine.

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Achates Power building 2.7L opposed-piston light-duty engine; exceeding CAFE 2025, Tier 3 targets at lower cost

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six-piston) light-duty version of its opposed piston engine (OPE) in both diesel- and gasoline-fueled versions. Achates will demonstrate the engine in 2018 in a driveable light-duty truck. The 30-50% improvement metric encompasses both gasoline and diesel variants of the OP engine.

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China Yuchai International introduces prototype Euro VI-compliant diesel engine

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China Yuchai International Limited announced that its main operating subsidiary, Guangxi Yuchai Machinery Company Limited (GYMCL), recently introduced China’s first prototype diesel engine—based on its 8.4-liter YC6L platform—compliant with Euro VI emission standards.

ASTM releases new high-octane fuel standard D8067-17 to support development of more efficient engines

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ASTM International recently announced the release of a new high-octane fuel standard that is expected to impact the development of gasoline products compatible with vehicles that feature high-performance fuel-efficient engines. McCormick, an the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) transportation research engineer. The high RON fuel could become available in the marketplace if/when such engines are introduced in commerce, ASTM noted.

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Mazda to launch homogeneous-charge compression engine next year

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The differences between gasoline and diesel engines lie not only in their fuels, but in how those fuels are ignited. Gasoline engines use spark plugs, while diesels simply use compression. But it is possible to ignite gasoline in an internal-combustion engine with compression, as in a diesel. DON'T MISS: Mazda diesel to arrive fall 2017 in new. HCCI Fuel Economy

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SAE REX: PHEVs and REEVs could open door for advanced combustion regime engines

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Increased market penetration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and range-extended electric vehicles (REEVs) across vehicle segments could present an opportunity for emerging advanced combustion regime engines, such as those using various low-temperature combustion modes, according to a number of presentations at the SAE 2016 Range Extenders for Electric Vehicles Symposium held last week in Knoxville. But to do that, we need to think about the engine.

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Argonne VERIFI team improves code to enable up to 10K simultaneous engine simulations; paradigm shift in engine design

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A team of scientists and engineers with the Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI) ( earlier post ) at the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory recently completed development of engineering simulation code and workflows that will allow as many as 10,000 engine simulations to be conducted simultaneously on Argonne’s supercomputer, Mira. —Janardhan Kodavasal, Argonne mechanical engineer.

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Five Engines That Prove Internal Combustion Isn't Dead Yet

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Like it or not, the majority of the world's vehicles are still powered by internal combustion engines, rather than batteries, hydrogen and other alternatives. The good news is that carmakers are still finding ways to improve the good old reciprocating piston engine. Even in the last few years, internal combustion has taken huge steps forward to

Infiniti introducing production-ready variable compression ratio engine at Paris Motor Show

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Infiniti will introduce a production-ready variable compression ratio engine VC-T (Variable Compression-Turbocharged) at the 2016 Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l’Automobile) in September. Nissan was awarded a patent in 1995 on compression ratio control for an engine.).

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Fiat beats electric rivals in International Engine awards

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Fiat’s tiny 875cc, two cylinder engine has been named as the finest engine in the world in this year’s International Engine of the Year Awards. As voted for by a jury of 76 international motoring journalists, Fiat’s innovative fuel efficient ‘TwinAir’ engine not only won the overall engine of the year award but even won [.]. Fiat awards International Engine low emission petrol twinair

Mazda Predicts Further 30-Percent Efficiency Gain For Next SkyActiv Engines

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While other manufacturers have turned to turbocharging and hybrids to boost fuel economy, Mazda has tried to squeeze the most it can out of unassisted internal-combustion engines. The company's SkyActiv line of efficiency-focused engines rely solely on tuning and some technical tricks to maximize gas mileage. SkyActiv engines have largely lived up. Fuel Economy SKYACTIV gasoline engines

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UPS updates 125 Workhorse E-GEN series hybrid electric step vans with smaller genset engine for better fuel economy

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A compact, quiet-running 650cc 2-cylinder engine replaces the previous 2.4L 4-cylinder engine; charging capability remains the same, as does the electric range. The smaller engine will improve fuel economy, however. Engines Fleets Hybrids Plug-ins

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Motiv Engines introduces 2nd-generation split-cycle concept; MkII Clarke-Brayton heavy-duty engine being designed for LNG

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Section of the MkII Clarke-Brayton split-cycle engine. Motiv Engines, LLC introduced the second-generation of its engine concept dubbed the MkII Clarke-Brayton Engine, which it intends to develop into a heavy-duty on-highway engine fueled by liquid natural gas (LNG).

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Infiniti introducing new advanced 3.0L V6 twin-turbo engines for 2016 Q50; up to 6.7% improvement in fuel efficiency

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Infiniti has developed a new advanced compact and lightweight 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine which is making its debut in a 400 hp configuration for the new 2016 Infiniti Q50, which will premiere at the North American International Auto Show in January. Engines Fuel Efficiency

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Musk: Trickery “The Only Option” For Engineers In VW Scandal?

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Although internal combustion engines are for the most part getting a little more efficient with every new model year, there’s no avoiding a cold fact: that whether they’re gasoline or diesel—or even a groundbreaking design under the hood of the 2016 Prius—they’re highly inefficient next to battery-electric vehicles.

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Achates OPGCI project targeting 50% fuel efficiency gains over downsized GDI engine at reduced cost

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Achates Power will work with Delphi Automotive and Argonne National Laboratory on its ARPA-E-funded project to develop an innovative opposed-piston, gasoline compression ignition (OPGCI) engine. Conceptual image of a possible multi-cylinder OPGCI engine. ARPA-E Engines Fuel Efficiency

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Mercedes-Benz powering ahead with €3B strategic engine initiative; increasing electrification, 48V; diesel and gasoline; cylinder deactivation

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billion) in its strategic engine initiative. The optimization of advanced high-tech engines plays a key role in our road map towards sustainable mobility. The new engines] also need to be designed with a view to all current and future requirements. Coasting with engine off.

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New Mercedes engines get more complicated to meet emission rules

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While it plans to launch 10 new electric cars by 2025, Mercedes-Benz is far from done trying to improve the efficiency of internal-combustion engines. The German luxury automaker is giving its lineup of engines a major overhaul, in fact. It plans to introduce a new family of 4-, 6-, and 8-cylinder engines, with the new engines starting to arrive.

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NASA testing new boundary layer ingesting (BLI) propulsor; 4-8% fuel burn savings over current advanced engines

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Engineers at NASA Glenn are testing a new boundary layer ingesting (BLI) inlet-fan combination—the first of its kind ever to be tested. MIT and NASA engineers earlier proposed the D8 Series as one future aircraft design concept that uses boundary layer ingestion.

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Nissan 1.5L, 3-cylinder 400 hp engine to complement electric Le Mans ZEOD RC powerplant

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The 400 hp DIG-T R race engine. Nissan unveiled a 400 hp (298 kW) 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine weighing only 40 kg (88 lbs) as the companion internal combustion engine for its electric ZEOD RC which will debut at Le Mans this year.

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Fiat 875cc TwinAir named International Engine of the Year 2011

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Fiat’s 875cc TwinAir engine ( earlier post ) was named the International Engine of the Year 2011. The TwinAir was also named Best New Engine of the Year, Green Engine of the Year, and Sub 1-Liter engine. EnginesCutaway of the 875cc TwinAir.

Volvo's Triple-Turbo Four-Cylinder Engine: 450 HP From 2.0 Liters

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As carmakers downsize internal-combustion engines, they have to balance increased efficiency with the performance that many buyers demand. Volvo is proving that there is plenty of performance to be wrung out of its four-cylinder Drive-E engines. DON''T MISS: 2015 Volvo S60, XC60, New V60 Wagon: Fuel-Efficient Drive-E Engines The Swedish carmaker

Every Volvo car launched from 2019 to have an electrified powertrain; “the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car”

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Volvo Cars announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 on will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and placing electrification at the core of its future business. The company said that its decision highlights how—more than a century after the invention of the internal combustion engine—electrification is paving the way for a new chapter in automotive history.

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Toyota Gasoline Engine Achieves Thermal Efficiency Of 38 Percent

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Most internal combustion engines are incredibly inefficient at turning fuel burned into usable energy. The efficiency by which they do so is measured in terms of "thermal efficiency", and most gasoline combustion engines average around 20 percent thermal efficiency. Diesels are typically higher--approaching 40 percent in some cases. Toyota has now

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BMW unveils latest Efficient Dynamics 3- and 4-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines

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At its Innovation Days 2016 event in Munich, BMW unveiled new versions of its three and four- cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. In addition to this, the full line-up of gasoline and diesel engines feature BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. Gasoline engines. Diesel engines.

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Could Honda's Future 1.0-Liter Be World's Most Efficient Engine?

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The last time Honda made a 1.0-liter gasoline engine, it broke new records for fuel efficiency. It also took International Engine of the Year in 2000, and won that competition''s sub-1-liter class seven times. Found under the hood of the original Insight hybrid, it still has the highest gas mileage of any EPA-rated non-plugin. That''s a high bar to

Sustainable Rail International, U of Minnesota partner to develop most powerful carbon-neutral locomotive, using new steam engine and biocoal

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CSR Project 130 will draw on the carbon-neutral solid biofuel research expertise of the University of Minnesota and the modern steam mechanical engineering capabilities of SRI.

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Sandia Labs forms Spray Combustion Consortium to improve engine design

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Control of fuel sprays is key to the development of clean, affordable fuel-efficient engines. Intended for industry, software vendors and national laboratories, the consortium provides a direct path from fundamental research to validated engineering models ultimately used in combustion engine design. Sandia researcher Lyle Pickett, who serves as Sandia’s lead for the consortium, said predictive spray modeling is critical in the development of advanced engines.

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New Internal Combustion Tech Could Improve Range-Extended Electric Cars

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The majority of your daily driving can be accomplished on electricity alone, but there's always that engine there waiting to back you up should a longer journey be needed--or those occasions where you've

Opel to launch 3 new engine families, 13 new engines by 2016

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Opel is launching three new engine families and 13 new engines between 2012 and 2016, renewing 80% of its engine portfolio. They will be joined by the end of this year by a new small-displacement gasoline engine family. SIDI Turbo gasoline engine. Engine Start/Stop.

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VW introduces new, more efficient TSI engine generation; Miller cycle with higher compression and electric VTG turbo

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Volkswagen is presenting the latest generation of the EA211 TSI evo at the 37 th International Vienna Motor Symposium. The first model in this future generation of spark ignition engines is the 1.5-liter TSI. The fuel-efficient and high-torque gasoline-fueled TSI engine is set to launch in late 2016, initially with outputs of 96 kW and 110 kW. The improvements in fuel economy take effect across a wide range of the engine map—i.e, Engines Fuel Efficiency

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ifo Institute study projects ban on combustion engines in 2030 would affect 600K jobs in German manufacturing

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In Germany, legislation banning permits for new cars and light trucks with internal combustion engines as of 2030 is currently under consideration. The study , “Effects of a prohibition on the registration of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles with an internal combustion engine” (full study in German only), first explores the potential negative consequences and risks of such a ban in terms of performance and employment in German manufacturing.

PSA Group outlines powertrain production strategy: gasoline PHEVs, EVs and next-gen diesel and gasoline engines

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At the same time, the Group will continue to develop next-generation internal combustion engines, both gasoline and diesel. PSA Group has also decided to fit its plug-in hybrid gasoline vehicles with engines produced at the Française de Mécanique facility in Douvrin, France. The Douvrin and Trémery plants will produce 350,000 additional turbo gasoline engines in 2018, lifting potential output to 670,000 units.

Infiniti variable-compression engine: more complexity, incremental gains

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To meet stricter global emissions standards, carmakers are trying to squeeze every last bit of efficiency out of internal-combustion engines. That has led Infiniti to turn to a technology engineers have toyed with for some time, one that so far hasn't been used in production cars. Engines Fuel Economy Paris Motor ShowGeneral Motors, Mercedes-Benz, and Saab have all experimented with.

By 2050, Toyota Says It Won't Sell Many Combustion-Engine Cars

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While stricter global emissions standards are forcing carmakers to augment their lineups with zero-emission vehicles, it will likely be some time before internal combustion is displaced entirely--if ever. But that is apparently just the goal that Toyota is working towards. The Japanese carmaker reportedly says it will all but eliminate. Green Carbon Footprint Future Cars Manufacturing emissions hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell

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