FIGHT BACK

Car (South Africa) - - TECH - BY: Ni­col Louw Ni­col­l_­car­mag

“Diesel­gate” plunged the com­pres­sion-ig­ni­tion en­gine’s fu­ture into a state of un­cer­tainty, but new tech­nol­ogy is al­low­ing oil burn­ers to re­gain ground

IN­TER­NAL-COM­BUS­TION EN­GINES (ICE),

es­pe­cially the diesel va­ri­ety, are un­der threat. France has an­nounced that, by 2040, no new ve­hi­cles fit­ted with an ICE can be sold. The elec­tric rev­o­lu­tion has started and an all-elec­tric pow­er­train fu­ture is fast be­com­ing a re­al­ity. Should we get out the vi­o­lins for the last diesel en­gine to be used in a pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle? Not ac­cord­ing to Siegfried Pint from the Audi drivetrain de­vel­op­ment team, with whom I spoke at the re­cent Audi Sum­mit in Barcelona. The Volk­swa­gen Group, which was in the me­dia for all the wrong rea­sons, is now lead­ing the diesel fight-back charge.

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