JSAE Exposition 2015: Envisioning future of powertrains for passenger cars (1) (trends in Japan)

Japanese OEMs show direction of ICE development amidst growing environmental concerns



 The Automotive Engineering Exposition 2015 was held at the Pacifico Yokohama on May 20 to 22 by the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc. (JSAE). During the 2015 JSAE Annual Congress (Spring) that was held as part of the Exposition, lectures were given on the theme of "Seeking the mainstream powertrain for passenger vehicles after 2025" by experts in automotive industry, government and academic institutions. Reported below are the lectures presented by engineers representing four carmakers.

 What prompted the auto industries is the need to find ways to fight the growing concern with CO2 emissions and ease the impacts of air pollution and global warming. All four carmakers seem to agree that electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) may make their way but that does not mean the extinction of internal combustion engines (ICE). Therefore, reducing CO2 emissions from ICEs is a crucial technical issue that requires an on-going solution through the future. Introduced below are the directions of technical development of ICEs envisaged by four Japanese carmakers.

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