The future of the internal combustion engine after “diesel-gate”

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  • 2017-28-1933

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  • 2017-07-10
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The contribution analyses the Volkswagen emission scandal and the impacts on the perspectives of the internal combustion engine, the battery based electric car and the hydrogen based mobility. The operation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Volkswagen and the United States prosecutor sparked by the action of the International Council on Clean Transportation is forcing the Original Equipment Manufacturers towards an everything but rationale immediate transition to the battery based electric mobility. This transition voids the value of any improvement of the internal combustion engine (ICE), especially in the lean burn, compression ignition (CI) flavor and of a better hybridization of powertrains, both options that have much better short term perspectives than the battery based electric car. This transition similarly narrows the future perspectives of the hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2-ICE) or the hydrogen fuel cell (H2-FC) electric mobility, solutions equally competitive vs. the battery based electric car.
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