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13.09.2017

WKM comments on the future of the internal combustion engine

The internal combustion engine is under pressure from the current public debate - Future technologies that can lead to emission-free and CO2 neutral operation of the engines within a few years are not discussed - The combustion engine of the future will play an essential role for the energy transition of the transportation sector.

The internal combustion engine, especially the diesel, is under considerable pressure from the current public debate on its emission and environmental behaviour. The range of threads extends from entry bans for diesel vehicles into the cities to the general prohibition of internal combustion engines by 2030. Not discussed is the fact that there is no alternative powertrain technology available for many applications, such as commercial vehicles, construction equipment or rail traction. Also, the technical evolution of the internal combustion engine is far from complete. The emission issues have already been solved by the consistent use of emission control systems. New fuels from electricity, the so-called e-fuels, can lead in a few years to emission-free operation and a CO2 neutrality of the engines. This view is supported by recent FVV studies on future fuels. In June 2017, the WKM published a statement that describes the future significance of the internal combustion engine on the basis of scientifically proven facts. The combustion engine of the future will play an essential role for the energy transition in the transportation sector, for the compliance with CO2 targets and the future of individual mobility.

About WKM
The WKM (Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Kraftfahrzeug- und Motorentechnik | The Scientific Society for Automotive and Engine Technology) represents the German-speaking chairs of the leading German, Austrian and Swiss universities. The Society, which was founded in 1997, aims to promote science and research, academic teaching, academic studies, and young researchers in the fields of automotive engineering and engine technology.

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