A report last night on PBS Newshour gave an extremely balanced look at the state of the electrical battery and its critical role it plays in the electric car's commercial success. The battery has made huge strides in size and efficiency over the last 50 years and automakers are churning out the latest plug-ins with hopes of finally hitting the mark for a marketplace winner.
Scuderi Group landed in Washington, DC, this week amid snow, runway closures, and a local population that seems to shut down at the first sight of winter weather. But the prototype model arrived on time and continues to draw a crowd. This week that includes government vehicle developers, military, and congressional personnel.
The Society of Automotive Engineers has been around for over 100 years and was born out of a fledgling industry faced with a new era of mechanical design challenges around the emerging motorized horse carriage. In the early 1900s there were dozens of automobile manufacturers in the United States, and many more worldwide. Many of these manufacturers and automobile parts companies joined trade groups that met their needs for promoting business and raising public awareness of this new form of transportation. A need for patent protection, common technical design problems, and the development of engineering standards was quickly emerging, however, and many engineers in the automobile business expressed a desire to have "free exchange of ideas" in order to expand their individual technical knowledge base. Thus the SAE was born. (Henry Ford was its first vice president.)
For as long as the Scuderi split-cycle concept has been in existence, we have constantly been asked the same question: "So, what kind of gas mileage would I get?"
Besides the marketing and engineer departments, the one area of Scuderi Group where you see constant motion is in Patent Development. The team never stops as they keep up with the latest innovations coming out of the lab at Southwest Research Institute. So today the company announced new patents to develop the second-generation ScuderiTM split-cycle engine. Achieving an industry-first, engineers applied a V design to the split-cycle engine to improve thermodynamic efficiencies for turbo charging and to provide automotive engineers more design flexibility.
Last week Scuderi Group Vice President and Patent Attorney Stephen Scuderi gave a presentation in Wurzburg, Germany, on the Scuderi Engine's sophisticated valve train design.
Most of the time when we talk about the Scuderi Engine it is in the context of burning gasoline. However, the engine has the potential to run on many other fuels, including biofuels, natural gas, and Diesel. In fact, early studies tell us that the Scuderi Cycle technology could have its biggest impact in the Diesel sector. Working the booth at this week's IAA Commercial Vehicles trade fair in Hannover, Germany, Sal Scuderi explained how a Scuderi Diesel engine would work.
It's been reported here time and time again and this week at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hannover it's no different. We walk around the hall and wonder: Is all this "greening" of the vehicle industry just a public relations ploy?
The press days of the 63rd IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, the world's leading trade fair dedicated to transport and logistics, wrapped up Wednesday with dozens of new vehicle and accessory debuts. Over 1750 exhibitors fill the Hannover Messe, promoting the efficiency and flexibility of trucks, buses, utility vans, etc.
Over the weekend the Scuderi Engine was featured on a panel of "breakthrough technologies" as part of the American Renewable Energy Day event held in Aspen, Colo. And while the bulk of the four-day program featured what some might call long-term visions of a more environmentally sound world, there was some realistic discussion on how to make that actually happen in the short term. That's where the Scuderi Engine came in.