Manufacturing News from the Engineered Designer Perspective

Diesel Outlook Not So Grim, Says GM Executive

General Motors Powertrain Executive Pierpaolo Antonioli remains optimistic about the future of diesel, despite dwindling sales. A key factor in Antonioli’s positive outlook is recent evidence suggesting that nitrogen oxide emissions can be reduced to the bear minimum.According to Robert Bosch, a leading supplier of diesel injection systems, the company has developed a method for cutting on-road NOx emissions to 13 milligrams per kilometer.

“Internal combustion engines, including the diesel, can still play a role in the years to come,” said Antonioli at the Automotive News Europe Congress. “Bosch said just a few weeks ago that they can already achieve very low emissions, especially for NOx, without increasing the cost of the combustion system.”

The company was the first to market a truck with an EPA-certified 30 mpg highway rating with diesel versions of its Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and a 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel was announced in January.

Threats of a diesel ban in Germany resulted in a drastic decline in sales in February 2017, and diesel rates in the United Kingdom did not fare much better. Transport & Environment director Greg Archer stated that plunging sales were the result of the industry’s abuse of regulatory loopholes.

“The blame lays not only on Volkswagen but every OEM that thought thermal windows and other strategies to turn down their exhaust treatment systems’ effectiveness were legitimate,” said Archer. “The more your lawyers try to defend the indefensible, the more the brand and the product are discredited.”

Archer, an outspoken opponent of diesel, does not share GM’s positive outlook. “The pain is not ending. It will go on and on, and the bans will proliferate unless OEMs constructively engage to sort out the mess.” He added that the path to redemption included a series of necessary initiatives, which include the following:

  • Automakers would need to clean up the 40 million Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesels on the road and make hardware modifications.
  • These automakers should also support new regulations that ensure diesel pollution does not exceed that of gasoline-powered vehicles.
  • A Europe-wide fund must be introduced, financially supporting clean air plans.
  • Finally, the automakers would need to submit their vehicles to the scrutiny of credible, nonpartisan organizations that independently test diesels.

“Diesel won’t disappear in Europe,” said Archer. “Whether the market share in 2025 is 10 per cent or 30 per cent depends on how the industry responds to the crisis.”

Global Information, Inc. released its market research report, Global Powertrain Outlook 2018, on March 23rd. The report states that several OEMs have made announcements about the future of powertrains, with approaches “driven by the strengthening emission control and fuel economy regulations and advanced testing cycles.”

The report suggests that strict fuel efficiency and emissions standards have prompted OEMs to use different technological approaches to ensure vehicles meet these standards while providing maximum value to customers.

 

Latest Stories

Crude Oil Prices Uncertain as OPEC Meets to Discuss Supply

Crude Oil Prices Uncertain as OPEC Meets to Discuss Supply

​Crude oil prices fell in several markets this week pending a June 22nd meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna. Prior to the meeting, both OPEC and non-OPEC producers will come together to discuss production levels at seminars scheduled for June 20th and 21st. ​“Last week, we saw some news stories indicating…

Auto Industry Expected to Meet 2025 Standards

Auto Industry Expected to Meet 2025 Standards

​The Union of Concerned Scientists, which meets every few years to discuss the auto industry’s emission reduction progress, released this year’s analysis. The analysis, which was based on model year 2017 vehicles, shows that the industry has reached the lowest levels yet in both smog-forming and global warming emissions from new vehicles. However, that progression…

Unemployment Rate Remains Steady at 5.8 Per Cent

Unemployment Rate Remains Steady at 5.8 Per Cent

According to Statistics Canada, approximately 7,500 jobs were lost in May, with full-time employment only partially offset by an increase in part-time jobs. While part-time employment rose by 23,600 positions, full-time employment fell drastically at an estimated 31,000. This makes the fourth consecutive month that the unemployment rate has remained steady at 5.8 per cent,…

Diesel Outlook Not So Grim, Says GM Executive

Diesel Outlook Not So Grim, Says GM Executive

​General Motors Powertrain Executive Pierpaolo Antonioli remains optimistic about the future of diesel, despite dwindling sales. A key factor in Antonioli’s positive outlook is recent evidence suggesting that nitrogen oxide emissions can be reduced to the bear minimum.According to Robert Bosch, a leading supplier of diesel injection systems, the company has developed a method for…

Audi Recall Announced Due to Emissions

Audi Recall Announced Due to Emissions

​The KBA vehicle licensing authority ordered a recall of approximately 60,000 Volkswagen Audis this week, 33,000 of which are in Germany, due to illegal software designed to conceal emissions. In May, Audi announced that it stopped delivering some A6 and A7 versions after discovering irregularities in their onboard software, as the KBA launched an investigation…

Scientists Use Machine Learning to Automate Atomic-Scale Manufacturing

Scientists Use Machine Learning to Automate Atomic-Scale Manufacturing

​Scientists at the University of Alberta recently unveiled a method wherein they applied a machine learning technique to automate atomic-scale manufacturing for the first time. The green technology used in this process also reduces the impact on the climate while simultaneously meeting the demands of the information age. ​According to Robert Wolkow, Professor of Physics…

Researchers Discover Surprising Role for Water in Energy Storage

Researchers Discover Surprising Role for Water in Energy Storage

​Researchers from North Carolina State University, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Texas A&M University made a surprising discovery while studying crystalline tungsten oxide dihydrate, a material that is comprised of layers separated by atomically thin layers of water. According to the researchers, the material has great potential for energy storage technologies. They also discovered…

Lane-Changing Algorithm Improves Driverless Vehicle Performance

Lane-Changing Algorithm Improves Driverless Vehicle Performance

​Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) recently took to the International Conference on Robotics and Automation to present their new algorithm designed to assist driverless vehicles in changing lanes much like humans do. While existing algorithms aid in controlling driving patterns, they are either too heavily reliant on statistical models of…

Global Warming Cap Could Save Economy Trillions

Global Warming Cap Could Save Economy Trillions

​Researchers studying the effects of global warming recently reported that four-fifths of countries and approximately 90 per cent of the global population could benefit from adherence to the Paris Climate Treaty, which calls for holding the rise in Earth’s surface temperature to well under 2 degrees Celsius and 1.5 degrees Celsius if possible. As reported…

Engineers Design Self-Eating Rocket Engine for Launching Satellites into Orbit

Engineers Design Self-Eating Rocket Engine for Launching Satellites into Orbit

​Engineers from the University of Glasgow and Oles Honchar Dnipro National University in Ukraine recently built an autophage engine designed for launching satellites into space. Unlike standard models, this “self-eating” rocket engine could make the process of sending satellites into orbit easier and more affordably than ever before. ​Rockets typically use tanks, often much heavier…

1 2 3 84Next →

Other Popular News and Stories

  • GM investing $250 million at Ingersoll plant
  • BC refinery close to financing deal
  • FTG Aerospace to supply avionics to Rockwell Collins
  • Bombardier nearly ready to flight test CSeries
  • Canadian business, except energy, had profitable Q4: Statistics Canada
  • Bombardier holds update on CSeries aircraft
  • RV industry has growing role in Canada's economy: study
  • Russian leasing company orders 42 CSeries jets from Bombardier
  • Manufacturing the sole industry showing job losses in February
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada announces helicopter engine contracts
  • Economy managed slight growth in Q4, but shrank in December
  • Skilled labour shortage in world oil industry: report
  • Canadian oil production up; producers turning to railways for shipment
  • DART Aerospace re-branding itself to reach wider markets
  • Volkswagen to produce super-efficient hybrid
  • Canada keeping up pressure on US for Keystone XL approval
  • Japex to buy into west coast LNG development
  • SPPCA's new landing gear facility opening in Mississauga
  • Clean energy expected to surge as pv costs drop
  • Miners struggling with higher costs, lower prices