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Honda details the production process behind the industry's first FWD 10-speed automatic transmission

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Introduced to the US market in 2017 with the launch of the 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, Honda Precision Parts of Georgia (HPPG) was the first Honda plant in the world to produce the new 10-speed automatic transmission for front-wheel-drive vehicles.

Jaguar details the technology behind the I-Pace

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Ahead of it public debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next month, McLaren has released further information on the Senna. Fitted with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 – McLaren’s most powerful IC engine ever produced for a road car – the limited release hypercar will develop 800ps and 800Nm.

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As OEMs continue to announce plans to end production of diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new diesel PHEV C-Class at the Geneva Motor Show. Will this powertrain development give TDI a new lease of life? 


Audi invests in development of CO2 neutral e-diesel

Audi has stepped up its research into synthetic fuels, with the company set to develop a new Swiss e-diesel production facility in collaboration with Ineratec and Energiedienst. As the German OEM continues its drive to reduce emissions, the Laufenberg development, in Canton Aarau, will use hydropower to produce over 400,000 liters of e-diesel per year.

“Thanks to the new technology we are able to handle the production of e-diesel efficiently in compact units, making it more economical,” said Reiner Mangold, head of sustainable product development at Audi.

“The pilot facility offers scope for sector coupling, in other words, combining the energy sectors power, heat and mobility, and makes it possible to store renewable energy.”

While Audi has also been conducting research into climate-friendly, CO2-based fuels such as e-gasoline, the company’s synthetically manufactured e-diesel has the potential to make the traditional IC engine operate almost CO2-neutrally.

This is thanks to the facility’s power-to-liquid conversion. The green power generated in the hydroelectric power station produces hydrogen and oxygen from water by means of electrolysis. In the next step the hydrogen reacts with CO2, thanks to microprocess technology. CO2 is obtained from the atmosphere or from biogenous waste gases and is the only source of carbon. Long-chain hydrocarbon compounds are formed. The final step separates these into the end product, Audi e-diesel.

With a planning application for the development set to be submitted imminently, Audi hope to produce the first quantities of e-diesel in Laufenberg as early as 2018.

Written by Sam Petters

10 November 2017


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