AD #2105 – Continental’s New Diesel Tech, OEMs Try to Influence VW Settlement, Ford’s On-Demand Parts Service Grows

May 9th, 2017 at 11:44am

Runtime: 6:43

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- OEMs Want Influence Over VW Settlement
- Diesel Demand Drops in Europe
- Continental Develops New Tech for Diesels
- Ford’s On-Demand Parts Service Grows
- School Adopts CNG Cars to Avoid Driving Bans

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9 Comments to “AD #2105 – Continental’s New Diesel Tech, OEMs Try to Influence VW Settlement, Ford’s On-Demand Parts Service Grows”

  1. Lisk Says:

    The VW settlement deal sure seems like a win-win for Volkswagen. So they have to spend $2B putting in charging stations. These stations should be profit machines since VW will likely get a tax break for installing them plus the profit to be made on charging. And who is going to audit the actual costs of installation? What’s to stop VW from claiming they spent $2B when their costs might have been much less. They’ve committed fraud already, so who’s to say it won’t happen again?

  2. Len Simpson Says:

    auto makers make no sense at all while coming up with ever increasingly complicated & expensive power designs. I firmly believe that someday the Nissan ePower Note design will dominate the industry. It’s simple & therefore cheap

  3. GM Veteran Says:

    It does seem rather strange that VW is ordered to pay a $2B penalty to be put toward green transportation initiatives, and then let VW administer it. That is a very surprising move from government, which typically wants to manage all available funds themselves.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It’s nice that the Continental mild hybrid is clean, but if it gets only 2% better mpg than a regular diesel, it would seem that the 48 volt mild hybrid system could better be used elsewhere, like on gas cars. From being in European cities a few times over the last several year, I can say that the air quality is not good, and I suspect the huge number of diesel cars is largely to blame.

    For clean operation and fuel economy, hybrids, like Toyota and Ford build, are hard to beat. There are some expensive materials in the motors and batteries, but they are highly recyclable, and since a base Prius sells for less than many, or most Cruze and Focus hatchbacks I’ve seen at dealers, the hybrid power train must not be that expensive to make, at least when the volume is fairly high as with Prius.

  5. Ukendoit Says:

    2) While I agree that the development money would be better spent on hybrids and full electrics than hydrogen, diesels, and other silly transitional technologies, even Nissan views the e-Power Note as a “gateway to full EVs” and “the Japanese brand has ruled out the e-Power Note from being sold locally[in the U.S.].”
    In other words, hybrids should be used to bridge the future tech, but it will be full electrics that will “dominate the industry” of the future once their cost and efficiency reach the right level.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The intent of the Note E-power seems to be to “drive like an EV,” with instantaneous torque, and to use an excess supply of Leaf motors. A series hybrid makes no sense, unless it is a plug-in with a big battery, like the i3 REx, that would be driven mostly with plug-in power.

    The more I learn about hydrogen fuel cells, the less sense they make. From info I can find, fuel cells are only 40-60% efficient, so renewable energy from solar and wind would be better used to charge batteries for cars, or provide energy for homes and businesses, than to electrolyze water for fuel cell vehicles.

  7. Terry Q Says:

    “fuel cells are only 40-60-% efficient.” Why say “only.” Internal combustion engines are about 20-25% efficient. Diesels can get to 30%. Electricity from the most efficient carbon-fueled power plants is 40-60%. Solar voltaic is 15-20%, with some up to 40%. (both of these are further reduced by transmission losses) And using the same comparison, some fuel cells are up to 85%.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    7 The charge-discharge efficiency of Li-ion batteries is 80-90%, making charging those batteries a much more efficient way to run an EV than a fuel cell.

    Also, you don’t need those 10,000 psi gas tanks, etc. You can fuel up a hydrogen car quicker than charging a battery, though, if you are in the handful of places where you can do that.

    My point was not comparison between different types of ICE powertrains, or different sources of electricity, but the use of electricity to electrolyze water, vs using it for other things.

    As far as fuel cell efficiency, I’ll take your word that it can be “up to 85%,” but my research came up with 40-60%.

  9. Bob Wilson Says:

    If other car makers and busy bodies want to direct the VW settlement dollars, they should bring two of their dollars for every one begged from VW.