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, Volume 80, Issue 3, pp 6–7 | Cite as

We Still Need Diesel Engines

  • Richard Backhaus
80 Years of MTZ

In 1897 Maschinenfabrik Augsburg presented the first combustion engine suitable for mass production which used the self- ignition process invented by Rudolf Diesel that later became known as the diesel process. In 1936 Mercedes-Benz launched the 260 D, the first diesel passenger car. At the end of the 1980s turbocharging and direct injection gave the diesel engine the decisive boost it needed to become widely used in cars. Today the market for diesel cars is shrinking because of nitrogen oxide emissions, but we will still need diesel engines in order to achieve our ambitious climate targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

Despite all the criticism that has been leveled at diesel engines, they still produce around 15 % less carbon dioxide than equivalent gasoline engines because of their low fuel consumption. This makes them an essential part of the process of achieving European climate targets. As a result, diesel engine developers are focusing primarily on reducing emissions...

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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, ein Teil von Springer Nature 2019

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  • Richard Backhaus
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  1. 1.rbcommunicationsWiesbadenGermany

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