AAH #192 – Wow! Achates Opposed Piston Engine Design

April 19th, 2013 at 2:58pm

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There is no shortage of innovative thinking when it comes to internal combustion technology. And, as this week’s guest will demonstrate, Achates Power is no exception. David Johnson is the President and CEO of the company, which is developing an innovative opposed-piston engine that will be more fuel efficient and less expensive to produce than conventional power plants. But, we’ll be asking him, is the world ready for such a radical new design? Will a mainstream automaker take a chance at adopting an untested technology? Plus we’ll get into the news of the week including the game of musical chairs going on amongst the executive ranks of Chrysler and Nissan. And, Edmunds projects that 40-50 percent of new car sales will be hybrids… in the year 2040. Joining John McElroy in studio to discuss this and a whole lot more is co-host Peter De Lorenzo, the Autoextremist, and Gary Vasilash from Automotive Design & Production.

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One Comment to “AAH #192 – Wow! Achates Opposed Piston Engine Design”

  1. David B. Fishburn Says:

    John, the opposed piston engine technology is nothing new. A good example is the Fairbanks-Morse engine used in WW2 U.S. Navy subs and still used in today’s ships. The U.S.S. Silversides, in Muskegon is a nicely preserved and fully functional example. There are videos on the web of the Silversides’ engines running. It is what they will be doing today to modernize and produce these types of engines.