The internal combustion engine is far from dead

by Anne VanderMey
October 22, 2012

Absent a revolutionary breakthrough within the next few years, carmakers from Volkswagen to BMW are now finding new ways to work with what they have. That’s becoming especially important with a looming hike in fuel economy standards in the U.S. to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025… To meet the new standards, companies are combining an array of existing technologies to eke out every possible bit of fuel savings from the 120-year-old internal combustion engine.

Asked about the disparate technologies being crammed into the standard engine, Society of Automotive Engineers’s Andrew Smart puts it this way: “When you look at 2025, the expectation is there is no silver bullet, but there is plenty of silver shrapnel.”

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