Experts Are Divided on the Best Way for Automakers to Hit Fuel Efficiency Targets

Dan SingletonAll, Spotlights, Technology

JAMES McCANDLESS – 9/14/2021

With all the talk about scaling up electric vehicle (EV) production, there has been relative silence on how to improve the internal combustion engine (ICE). Engineers have been working to improving ICEs for decades, improving fuel economy while simultaneously giving drivers access to more power.

Dr. Dan Singleton, chief executive officer and co-founder of Transient Plasma Systems (TPS) is looking further afield. TPS is developing an ignition system that aims to improve fuel efficiency by 20 percent and cut emissions in half. The technology is centered around low-temperature plasma.

“The last big piece that’s left on the table is advanced combustion modes,” Singleton said in an interview with Newsweek. “And you can’t access those modes with traditional ignition.”

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