Tech breakthrough could SAVE diesel… cuts emissions by 60%


New technology increases temperatures in the catalytic converter faster to cut dangerous NOx emissions

A BREAKTHROUGH by Continental could give diesel a future by slashing emissions and boosting fuel economy.

Tests of the new Super Clean Electrified Diesel tech have revealed it’s capable of reducing real-world emissions by two-thirds.

It could turn the tide for the toxic fuel which has taken a beating over the last few months.

Volvo announced it would move away from diesels by 2019 and France plans to introduce a ban on sales by 2040.

The UK is also targeting diesel to clean up city air with a string of toxic taxes, road pricing measures and even a potential diesel scrappage scheme.

But speaking to Auto Express, engineers at tech and tyre firm Continental revealed dangerous nitrogen oxides (NOx) can be slashed through its revolutionary electrified after-treatment.

An electrically-heated element brings the catalytic converter up to temperature much quicker than standard cars helping to shift NOx more efficiently.

While some systems already use electricity in this way, Continental has quadrupled the voltage to hike temperatures even faster.

The system is currently fitted to a converted VW Golf with tests under the EU’s Real Driving Emissions cycle revealing a 60 per cent drop in NOx levels, a three per cent fall in CO2 and four per cent increase in mpg.

The company is already in talks with manufacturers about bringing it to mass market.

Johannes Drechsel, development engineer at Continental, said: “Diesel cars will continue to play a role, but they have to be clean in the future.

“This kind of technology will help to ensure diesel has a future.”

Article Source: The Suns