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By Jeff Siegel
Audi wants to save internal combustion from its ultimate demise.
This makes about as much sense as saving the typewriter.
Despite the fact that such a demise is likely many decades away
anyway, the quest to “save the internal combustion engine” will
ultimately result in a complete waste of time, effort and money.
But that’s not stopping Audi.
Apparently, the German auto maker has been busy developing
e-diesel, which is a transportation fuel that only requires two
raw materials: water and carbon dioxide.
On the surface, this may sound promising. Especially after
reading what Reiner Mangold, Head of Sustainable Production said
regarding this new development …
In developing Audi e-diesel we are promoting another fuel
based on CO2 that will allow long-distance mobility with
virtually no impact on the climate.
An Exercise in Complacency
While I don’t doubt Mangold’s “eco” intentions, the undeniable
fact is that the internal combustion engine is still an antiquated
Sure, the thought of a transportation fuel that doesn’t rely on
oil sounds great. But the process of internal combustion itself is
inferior to electric mobility.
Let us not forget that electric cars have fewer parts in
comparison to internal combustion vehicles. Less “things” can
break and require costly repairs. As well, there are no oil
changes or regular engine maintenance required with electric cars.
For the most part, it’s just a battery and an electric motor.
Pretty simple, really.
Of course, what I find most odd is that the process of making
e-diesel seems to be much more complex, cumbersome, and costly
compared to what it takes to produce electrons and use those
electrons to “fuel” an electric car.
Take a look at this diagram that Audi produced to illustrate the
production process …
How does that make sense when this is the future of
“filling up” …
This is where Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) employees “fuel” their
electric cars. It should also be noted that this parking lot
is powered by solar panels installed on the top of the carports.
Now in terms of efficiency, reliability, and design, this Tesla
(NASDAQ: TSLA) electric motor …
Is far superior to this Audi engine …
Audi should spend more time embracing
the future instead of trying to hold on to it.
The truth is, we don’t need better, cleaner fuels to power out
internal combustion vehicles. We need to stop acting like we can’t
live without internal combustion. To accept such a thing is little
more than an exercise in complacency and defeatism – neither of
which enables pathways to prosperity.