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Bloomberg recently published a report regarding the banning of vehicles with internal combustion engines in California. Air Resources chairman of the board Mary Nichols said state officials have already stated their interest in putting an end to the sales of pollution-causing automobiles in a bid for cleaner air.
California is considered amongst the most environmentally-aware states, accounting for over 2 million of car sales, in the entire US in the previous year. Following the recent announcements made by other countries, Nichols went on by saying that Governor Jerry Brown had been sending messages concerning his thoughts on the issue. Brown is in fact one of the most plain-spoken US officials who has expressed strong interest in combating climate change.
If ICE vehicles are to be banned in California, Nichols thinks the current administration will not approve of it if done via an EPA waiver. That, in spite it is legal for them to do so. Nichols added it is more feasible by imposing new vehicle registration guidelines instead. However, she also said that the earliest implementation of such ban may be at least ten years from now.Read the entire article California may soon ban vehicles powered by combustion engines
Volkswagen of America has a nice surprise for potential customers of the new VW Tiguan (2018 model year). The latest iteration of the Tiguan – set to arrive in the United States this summer -- will be the first VW model to be fitted with the new advanced version of the German carmaker’s EA888 four-cylinder gasoline engine.
This new engine is a revised yet improved version of VW’s third-generation (Generation 3) EA888 that boasts of a displacement of 1.8 liters. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged and direct-injection EA888 Gen 3 engine (1.8 TSI) is still what powers current models of the VW Beetle, Golf, Jetta and Passat. VW has made certain updates to its four-stroke cycle to improve not only its levels of power and efficiency, but also its responsiveness, resulting to the creation of the 2.0-liter EA888 Gen 3B engine (2.0 TSI).
Updates implemented on the EA888 Gen 3 engine include using a longer piston stroke, a tweak which was responsible for the increase in the updated mill’s displacement. The piston stroke on the 1.8 TSI is 84.1 mm while on the 2.0 TSI, it is 92.8 mm. VW also modified the engine’s piston crown and combustion chamber, resulting to a higher compression ratio of 11.7:1.Read the entire article 2018 VW Tiguan receives new 2.0-liter TSI engine
Volkswagen introduced its first Polo BlueMotion model featuring TSI technology. If the previous BlueMotion models used a fuel-efficient diesel engine, now the Polo BlueMotion arrives with a new 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 95 hp (70 kW) and 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) of torque, while CO2 emissions are just 94 g/km.
Priced from 15,925 euros in Germany, the 2015 VW Polo TSI BlueMotion promises to offer a combined fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100 km (57 mpg), which is 0.2 liters less than the standard version of the 1.0 TSI engine.
Despite the impressive numbers, top speed achieved by this model is 190 km/g or 118 mph. According to Volkswagen, the 2015 Polo TSI BlueMotion arrives with plenty of features that improve fuel consumption such as improved aerodynamics over the radiator grille and underbody, as well as a lower ride height and reduced rolling tires.Read the entire article VW debuts the Polo TSI BlueMotion, first model powered by a petrol engine
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be introduced in January at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show but details are already starting to emerge. According to General Motors, the next-generation Volt plug-in hybrid will get a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine which will act as its range extender, which means that the new version will get a bigger engine that the current 1.4-liter powerplant.
This engine is part of a new, more fuel-efficient family of small engines that will be used by the new GM vehicles globally. Although previous reports said that the new Volt will get a three-cylinder engine, GM has other plans and we don’t expect to see a problem with the bigger engine as the plug-in hybrid car will definitely be more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.
According to GM CEO Mary Barra, the new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine will be built at the company’s engine plant in Flint, Michigan while the battery cells will be supplied by LG Chem in Holland, Michigan.Read the entire article 2016 Chevrolet Volt will get a bigger 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine
Volvo surprised us with the High Performance Drive-E Powetrain Concept, which consists in a triple boost 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that develops no less than 450 hp. Demonstrating the ambition and the versatility of Drive-E Powetrains, the concept is based on technologies that are not usually found in a four-cylinder engine.
First of all, there are two parallel turbochargers fed by an electrically powered turbo-compressor, while fuel is delivered by a dual fuel pump that works at 250 bar pressure. Thanks to the electrically powered turbo-compressor, the engine delivers the power without any turbo lag. The new engine was developed in collaboration with AVL, Denso and Volvo Polestar Racing.
There are no details regarding a production version, but we are sure that we will see it into a high-performance vehicle very soon.Read the entire article Volvo unveils triple boost 4-cylinder Drive-E Powertrain petrol engine with 450 hp
Toyota Motor Corp. will roll out 14 new gasoline engines through next year as part of powertrain overhaul aimed at boosting fuel efficiency by at least 10 percent. Toyota is adopting Atkinson cycle engines from its electric-gasoline hybrid vehicles to its non-hybrid vehicles. Toyota admitted that Atkinson cycle engines typically have lower power, but said it has boosted performance by increasing combustion ratios.
Shouji Adachi, project general manager of powertrain planning, remarked that the usual challenge in Atkinson cycle engines lies in lower torque performance, but remarked that they were able to resolve those issues in the new engines. The 14 new engines will cover around 30 percent of Toyota's lineup by next year.
Engines with direct injection and turbocharging will also be derived from the new technology, Adachi said. The first two small-displacement engines -- a 1.0- and a 1.3-liter engine -- are expected to be fitted in non-hybrid compact cars bound for Japan.Read the entire article Toyota to launch 14 new gasoline engines through next year
Toyota Motor Corp. has unveiled two new base engines that will boost fuel economy by 10 percent. The 1.3-liter and 1.0-liter gasoline engines will serve as basis for 14 new engine variants that will be launched globally through 2015. Improved thermal efficiency was achieved by adapting a rapid combustion process, high compression ratio and an Atkinson burning cycle – which used to be reserved for Toyota’s hybrid vehicles.
This will be the first time that Toyota places an Atkinson cycle engine in a vehicle that is not a hybrid. While the Atkinson cycle enhances fuel efficiency by keeping the intake valves open briefly during the compression stroke, it power is reduced. Toyota uses the cycle in hybrids since the battery-powered electric motor can supplement the Atkinson engine’s lower output.
Toyota’s new approach targets to apply the Atkinson cycle on non-hybrids while boosting power through other methods. Shouji Adachi, project general manager of powertrain planning, remarked that they were able to resolve lower torque performance issues in newer engines.Read the entire article Toyota unveils 1.3-liter, 4-cylinder and 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder gasoline engines
BMW and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will review their collaboration on small gasoline engines in September 2014, BMW chief executive Norbert Reithofer told Les Echos in an interview. According to Reithofer, the carmakers have yet to decide whether to terminate or extend the partnership, which is due to expire in 2016.
He remarked that BMW and PSA had considered various projects together but that none worked due to their "incompatible product renewal cycles." Reithofer has remarked that BMW no longer needs PSA's assistance since it is now developing its scalable engine architecture for three-, four- and six-cylinder gasoline as well as diesel engines that would allow it to keep costs at low levels.
Les Echos, citing a source close to the German carmaker, reported in September that BMW and PSA had decided against extending the engine partnership.Read the entire article BMW and PSA to review small petrol engine partnership in September 2014
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