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, Volume 77, Issue 10, pp 24–27 | Cite as

"Passenger vehicles are miles ahead in hybridisation terms"

  • Martin WesterhoffEmail author
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The use of electric drives for commercial vehicles in urban traffic is inevitable, while the diesel engine will remain the go-to choice for long-distance transport for some time to come, says Professor Gerhard Reiff, Chairman of the Executive Board at KST Motorenversuch. We also sought his views on Rankine systems, on boosting the efficiency of the entire vehicle and on development alliances.

MTZ _ Professor Reiff, where do you think the greatest challenge lies in terms of further developing truck engines?

Reiff _ The EU Commission has made it abundantly clear that legal curbs on consumption are more than likely to be imposed. With real driving emissions, while commercial vehicle manufacturers blazed a trail, their passenger vehicle peers now lead the way. The extent to which driving cycles can be represented and tracked in terms of RDE and consumption measurements remains debatable. The question increasingly posed will be what level of expense is ultimately justified and logical for...

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  1. 1.Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbHWiesbadenDeutschland

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