Mazda claims breakthrough in Gasoline Engine Technology

Japan-based automaker Mazda Motor Corporation announced on Tuesday that it had made a breakthrough in conventional gasoline engine technology that could make vehicles a more feasible option to electric motors.

Mazda claimed that its proprietary engine technology would be 20 per cent to 30 per cent more efficient than the conventional technologies. Mazda has shared limited details about its new technology but the company informed that the technology will not be shared with other automobile makers. This could give an edge to Mazda as the company can produce gasoline-engine powered vehicles offering better mileage. The technology will do away with spark plugs in gasoline engines. The diesel-style compression ignition technology works on high compression ratio and will be effective in improving fuel efficiency by 20-30 percent, Mazda claims.

The auto giant also said that it aimed to cut emissions emanating from its production facilities as well as products to 50 per cent of 2010 levels by 2030 and 90 per cent by 2050.

In a newly released statement, Mazda said, “In light of the rapid changes taking place in the automotive industry, the new vision takes a longer-term perspective and sets out how Mazda will use driving pleasure, the fundamental appeal of the automobile, to help solve issues facing people, the earth and society.”

The corporation has plans to deploy the new technology, which is also expected to improve torque, in models starting in 2019.

Mazda announced its proprietary engine technology days after signing a deal to collaborate with bigger and wealthier competitor Toyota in the field of electric vehicles.

The news could be a small setback to companies working on electric vehicles and technologies related to electric vehicles as gasoline or diesel vehicles cost much lower compared to electric vehicles. It would be more viable option for automobile companies to shift to better performing gasoline engine instead of shifting to electric vehicles. Recently, Volvo announced that the company will phase out gasoline and diesel engines from its vehicles as early as 2019.