Will Mazda’s New “No-Diesel” Diesel Engine Disrupt The Electric Vehicle Trend?

While most major car makers, today, are battling to lead the electric market, make sure that you don’t count out combustion engines just yet. At least, not if Mazda has anything to do with it.

Apparently, Mazda has been working on a new engine that combines the various advantages of both petroleum and diesel engines to improve the efficiency of motor vehicles. Mazda also says that they have a goal to cut CO2 emissions produced by their cars by as much as 50 percent (of 2010 levels) by 2030. More importantly, though, they hope to be able up that number to 90 percent by 2050.

They are calling this new engine the Mazda Co-Polit, as it is a “human-centered” system that supports the driver; and it is part of Mazda’s “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” initiative. The goal is to start actually selling these new vehicles as soon as 2019.

“It’s a major breakthrough,” exclaims Ryoji Miyashita, who is the chairman of automotive engineering company AEMSS Inc

The announcement places traditional engines at the center of Mazda’s strategy and comes just days after Mazda said it will work with Toyota Motor Corp to develop electric vehicles and build a $1.6 billion U.S. assembly plant.

Mazda head of R&D Kiyoshi Fujiwara makes sure to comment, “We think it is an imperative and fundamental job for us to pursue the ideal internal combustion engine. Electrification is necessary but… the internal combustion engine should come first.”

Looking deeper at the development, this is something called a homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) engine. These devices ignite petrol through compression, eliminating the need for spark plugs. As such, fuel economy improves, of course, aligning what would otherwise be a traditional combustion with that of a far more efficient diesel engine but without high levels of nitrogen oxide emissions. Now, the engine does still use spark plugs, but they are reserved for specific conditions—like low temperatures—to help the engine to overcome certain technical obstacles that have long plagued full commercialization of hybrid and electric engine technology.

Mazda’s engine employs spark plugs under certain conditions, such as at low temperatures, to overcome technical hurdles that have hampered commercialization of the technology.

Finally, Mazda also made sure to note that it plans to introduce electric vehicles and other electric technology in its vehicles, starting in 2019, with a major focus on markets where there are restrictions on vehicle sales in order to limit air pollution or in areas where the focus is on clean energy.


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