Representatives of the Scientific Society of Automotive and Motor Technology (WKM) are angry. In their new position paper “The Future of the Internal Combustion Engine – Assessing the Diesel Engine Situation” it becomes clear how unrealistic the hostility to the internal combustion engine is that has been established today. They suspect that “by all expectations, more internal combustion engines will be manufactured worldwide in 2030 than today.” Therefore, extensive research and continued development must be conducted in order to maintain technological leadership.
The position paper was signed by 27 professors from German, Austrian and Swiss universities who work as heads of institutes, departments or chairs in the field of automotive and engine technology. They all want to provide the public with scientific results and assess the facts in the “ongoing and intense discussion on combustion engine emissions issues.”
The ERM mechanism disturbs the development as “instead of sober fact-based information, biased and highly emotional reports can be observed.” The association now wants to confront this “on the basis of the current state of scientific knowledge”: “The combustion engine was and remains the engine of mobility, freight transport and mobile working machines. This role is complemented by electric engines, but not replaced. Further development of drive systems open to technology is a prerequisite for a climate policy Successful in a prosperous society.
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WKM views the trend of discussion towards banning the internal combustion engine with great concern. Such a ban in 2030, for example, would have detrimental effects on the fight against climate change. Instead of a ban, WKM calls for a comprehensive and honest view of CO22-Emissions related to energy saving, drive systems production and disposal. Synthetic and biofuels should be an important building block for more CO22-There will be a reduction.
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