Earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, EcoMotors showed off a small diesel powerplant which used the boxer or pancake style of horizontally opposed cylinders. The small company believes that its engine design can provide the power of a much larger engine while retaining the fuel savings of a small one. As always, we make no recommendations on what companies, if any, to invest in. So far, the company has received its funding from Vinod Khosla, a venture capitalist from Silicon Valley. Now, though, EcoMotors has apparently outgrown their surroundings and the seven-person company is in need of more staff, larger offices and a manufacturing facility. For this reason, the company is now hoping to get some tax breaks from the city of Troy in Michigan.
According to recent reports, the small outfit has plans for its diesel engine to power a sedan by 2010 with a goal of reaching 100 miles per gallon. Interestingly, EcoMotors is headed by John Coletti who was once the director of Ford's Special Vehicles Team. Thanks for the tip, Rob!

[Source: Hometown Life]

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