Michigan State University researchers develop car engine that could cut emissions by 90%
Michigan State University researchers have developed a brand new version of the internal combustion engine they say could revolutionize the hybrid vehicle.
MSNBC reports the new engine is the Wave Disc Generator, which will result in lighter vehicles by eliminating various parts of the traditional combustion engine.
However, researchers at Michigan State University have built a prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel compression, cooling systems or fluids.
On top of that, researchers say the engine could cut emissions by 90 percent compared to the traditional engine. It will also be more fuel efficient.
The Wave Disk Generator uses 60 percent of its fuel for propulsion; standard car engines use just 15 percent. As a result, the generator is 3.5 times more fuel efficient than typical combustion engines.
With backing from the Advanced Research Projects Agency with a $2.5 million investment, MSU hopes to have a prototype available by the end of 2011.