It has been said numerous times that German automakers
are upset with European proposals which would limit CO2
output to around 120 grams per kilometer. Perhaps we shouldn't be lumping Volkswagen
or its subsidiaries into that category. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of VW
, has admitted that the VW brands, including luxury carmaker Audi
, can achieve those low carbon standards. In fact, Winterkorn believes that the standards are achievable today, not by 2015 as proposals would require. Technologies which would allow the low carbon output are already being used. Direct injection and turbocharging are quickly becoming a staple of automakers like Volkswagen and Audi since those technologies allow the production of more power and the reduction of fuel consumption.
Another interesting tidbit from Winterkorn is that he believes that plug-in electric vehicles
will become the fuel-saving technology of choice in the coming years. As you may be aware, Germany gets the vast majority of its power from coal, which is an extremely dirty process. For this reason, the VeeDub leader suggests that the country take a look at nuclear for its power needs.
[Source: Automotive News Europe
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