VW Introduces Powertrain Roadmap For An Oil Free Epoch
By Joe Thompson
Volkswagen, world's fourth largest car manufacturer after GM, Toyota and Ford has earlier published its powertrain roadmap which is intended to create a petroleum-free future.
Fossil fuels need to be used as sparingly as possible. Hence, in an effort to clean air and regulate the use of fossil fuels, VW releases a roadmap that advances auto parts Volkswagen. Automaker's direct injection systems (TSI), turbo-diesels (TDI), and dual clutch gearboxes (DSG) are some of the auto parts technologies that VW is concentrating on. These modern internal combustion technologies will be mated to electric motors in new hybrid powertrains.
The diesels are also being enhanced with the BlueTec emissions control technology from Mercedes. Subsequently, the automaker will be replacing fossil fuels with biofuels like cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel. This is done to neutralize fuels carbon and avoid generating carbon dioxide from the combustion.
In addition, VW's long term goal is work on high-temperature fuel-cells (HTFC). This is because the automaker believes that the low-temperature being used these days have no bright future in the auto industry so it is aiming for something different yet better. According to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leohold, director of Volkswagen Corporate Research, "The high-temperature fuel cell will make the total system in the car lighter, more compact, durable and economical." They expect to start testing their new fuel cell design in vehicles in 2009, but don't foresee production before 2020.
The roadmap to an epoch free of oil is a strategy of VW that integrates highly innovative technologies to most excellent types of powertrains these days like the TDI, TSI and DSG. Clean TDI engines are special component of BLUETEC. These innovative technologies from the automaker can be had through pure electrical traction.
Clean TDI engines are set to comply with the strictest emissions laws around the globe. CCS is designed to serve as a key technology for a society which is free from petroleum. On the one hand, HTFC could serve as a breakthrough for hydrogen-powered vehicles. The prototypes of HTFC will be open for trials in 2009. In addition, the first production versions are expected to arrive before 2020.
VW will continue with its study about creating more powerful powertrains that won't make environment suffer. The mentioned viable engine types will soon invade the roads.
About the Author
Joe Thompson is the owner of a successful auto body shop in Ferndale, California. This 38 year old is also a prolific writer, contributing automotive related articles to various publications.
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