The updated 1.5L high-compression engine, known as “evo,” relies on the Miller combustion cycle, which helps improve efficiency and reduce emissions and heat by allowing the intake valves to remain open during part of the compression stroke.
The German automaker is earmarking $800 million to build a U.S. plant for VW-brand electric vehicles despite still-sluggish market demand and other headwinds, but it also is eyeing options that could mitigate some of the risks.
“The California zero-emissions vehicle registration fee doesn’t support the long-run funding of transportation infrastructure, nor is it equitable for drivers of electric and hydrogen vehicles,” report author Alan Jenn says.
A concept video shows that when a vehicle is ordered by smartphone to charge, it will automatically cruise to a vacant wireless charging station. Once fully charged, the EV will relocate to a vacant parking space using an automated system.
Mahle says the acquisition will expand its expertise in the powertrain as a whole to include the transmission, a key component of the integrated drive systems being increasingly used by electric vehicles.
Pollster Roy Morgan says overall consideration for electrified vehicles – hybrid or fully electric – has reached 56.1%, an increase from 52.4% last year and well ahead of diesel, the nearest alternative to gasoline, at 45.5%.