Minimising Friction in Combustion Engines
Friction reduction still offers great potential for achieving further cuts in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in gasoline and diesel engines. In the following report, Daimler presents some examples to show which measures are particularly promising.
Major Role in Significantly Improving Energy Efficiency
In the decades to come, the combustion engine will still play a key role in determining by what extent road traffic emissions can be reduced. Moreover, the development of high efficient gasoline and diesel engines still represents the most effective way to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Having long recognised this fact, Daimler introduced an efficiency programme for Mercedes-Benz vehicles years ago. More specifically, the company targets contain the optimisation of conventional vehicles powered by a high-tech combustion engine, new hybrid drives with different power levels, and fully electric cars featuring a battery pack or fuel cell technology as part of a multi-faceted...
The Authors would like to thank Dipl.-Ing. Markus Löffler, Dipl.-Ing. Jens Böhm, Dr.-Ing. Thomas Behr, Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Doll, Dr.-Ing. Ralph Weller and Dr.-Ing. Volker Lagemann, all Daimler AG, for their contributions to this article.