Improvements in the average fuel consumption of light-duty vehicles have slowed in recent years

The International Energy Agency has concluded that although improvements in fuel economy have increased, more effort needs to be done.

Cars and vans accounted for about 8% of global direct CO2 emissions in 2021. Thanks to continuous improvements in engine, powertrain and vehicle technology, the specific fuel consumption of new vehicles has declined.

However, a long-term trend of increasing vehicle size and power has slowed progress. Electrification has more recently emerged as the dominant technology driving down the average fuel consumption of new vehicles. To be on track with the pathway in the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario, much more rapid improvements in the fuel economy of new conventional (internal combustion engine) vehicles is needed, even as the share of electric vehicle sales will need to continue to grow.

More findings from the International Energy Agency on the topic can be found here.

This specifically stresses the importance of technologies like ArtuPower, which is based on the “Gas ultrasonic transducer system and method for operating a diesel common-rail engine” technology. ArtuPower allows the use of water vapor and alkane gases, including – liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas (CNG) and their bio-equivalents (BioLPG, BioCNG) to replace in part or in full, diesel in diesel engines of different capacities equipped with common-rail technology.

Within the project the “ArtuPower” product will be developed up to the level of TRL8 technology readiness level, and the project duration is expected to be 18 months. The total project budget is 132,400 EUR, with a support of 92 680 EUR is intended with the support of the “Norwegian Financial Mechanism’s small grant scheme”.

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