We've often heard that hitting higher fuel economy targets (like, say, the 54.5 miles per gallon CAFE requirement for 2025 in the US) will need not a silver bullet but something more like silver buckshot. In other words, the industry is going to try lots of different ways to make cars burn less fuel as they drive down the road.
Exhaust Gas Recirculation
Over the course of 2010, Ford plans to aggressively ramp up its Ecoboost engine strategy with two new four cylinder engines and the first rear-wheel drive application of the boosted 3.5-liter V6. However, this is just the beginning as Ford is already hard at work on the next generation of Ecoboost engines. At the SAE World Congress on Wednesday, Dan Kapp, director of powertrain research and advanced engineering, and Bob Fascetti, director of large gas and diesel engine engineering, will be annou
While the search for alternatives to the internal combustion engine continues at labs across the world, work hasn't stopped on those traditional powerplants. Auto parts supplier Ricardo, for example, had just announced its HyBoost project, which aims to reduce the CO2 emissions of a " cost-effective, ultra-efficient gasoline engine in a C-segment passenger car" by something like 30-40 percent. That's pretty impressive, and will take not only Ricardo's resources but also that of the company's par
Japanese manufacturer of assorted heat exchangers T.Rad has announced plans to ramp up production of EGR coolers. For those who don't recall EGR, it stands for exhaust gas recirculation. Small amounts of exhaust gases are routed back into the intake stream in order to reduce combustion temperatures and, subsequently, reduce NOx emissions. T.Rad will be spending $8.4 million to expand each of their plants in the Czech Republic and Thailand. The company will supply EGR coolers to Toyota's plants i
SuperGen, a new electro-mechanical supercharger technology jointly developed by automotive engineering specialist Integral Powertrain and transmission technology company NexxtDrive, is designed to improve on existing turbo diesel theory. The variable-speed, electrically-controlled supercharger design uses an advanced gearing system that can accurately vary the speed of the turbo compressor from zero up to 150 times crank speed.