Mazda Working on Fuel Technology That Could Outperform Current Electric Vehicles
|   Saturday, March 22, 2014
Mazda has just announced that their next generation lineup of petrol powered vehicles will feature an additional 30 percent increase in max power displacement. This will also increase fuel efficiency in real world conditions, while diesel powered combustion engines are also on their cards. If Mazda is to be believed, this new power train could very well replace all electric vehicles in the near future, due to its efficient and refined flavor.

The Japanese car making giants have been very vocal about their plans of not launching any electric vehicles in European markets, at least till 2020, as their current lineup as well as future production cars will have fuel efficiency and CO2 emission levels much lower than the prescribed levels.
Their creative heads in Japan are currently working on a new technology under their SkyActiv brand and this technology is currently being termed as Second Generation SkyActiv-G.

This is based on follow up technology lifted off their first generation SkyActiv-G while considerable modifications are currently being made to it to increase general performance. Electric petrol hybrid engines with a compression ratio of more than 14:1 are cleaner than our conventional electric powered vehicles, although it is better in terms of performance, reliability and efficiency.

Mazda has opted for their latest Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition, with a higher compression ratio of 18:1 in their latest engine series. This is better than their current diesel engine lineup, which experts claim are the best by the books. Their HCCI combustion technology will use pressure to ignite the fuel instead of a spark plug, while 30 percent improvement of temperature generation has been recorded so far.

Even though tests are currently being performed on this engine block, initial figures have been revealed as these figures are found to be achievable in a real world scenario. If successfully implemented, we could be seeing this technology in vehicles well within this decade. CO2 emissions have also decreased, while fuel efficiency increase has been recorded and this has been possible solely due to the higher heat generation, which increases combustion.

This technology is based on similar studies currently used in the Mercedes Diesotto power plan, while Creative Head Mazda, Joachim Kunz say that this technology uses both petrol and diesel and mixes the best of both worlds to return optimum results. A petrol engine based on this technology can be more fuel efficient than our conventional diesel propelled vehicles. Harmful NOx emissions are also cut off. However, there are practical problems with running this machine.

For example load issues will crop up. Mazda has been able to run this machine at a maximum of 50 percent load capacity so far. Engineers are working on this situation as we speak and we expect results soon. Using a richer fuel air mixture is currently being contemplated right now, although test results are yet to be noted publicly. We are eagerly awaiting response from our insiders on this matter and will keep you updated regularly. Stay tuned and come back soon for more.
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