Scuderi Air-Hybrid Engine technology setting up to challenge electric hybrids

Independent lab tests confirm the Scuderi™ Air-Hybrid Engine consumes up to 36 percent less fuel than a conventional engine. Beyond 2016 Federal Fuel Economy mandates, the gains will likely enable the technology to now challenge more expensive electric hybrids shown at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

If you only counted on the 2011 Detroit Auto Show displays, you might think hybrid automatically means electric. That myth is hereby proven wrong, as air is also a viable medium to store energy.

According to today’s Scuderi press release, these latest findings are significant, based on actual data generated from the Scuderi split-cycle engine prototype that is currently under test.

Furthermore, computer models even showed that a base, naturally aspirated, non-air hybrid Scuderi™ engine operating in a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier consumes 25 percent less fuel, under similar drive conditions.

For the record, Scuderi Group is an engine development company that is re-engineering the conventional four-stroke engine to advance fuel-efficient engine design. Today’s announcement indicates strong preliminary results from vehicle simulations conducted on the Scuderi™ split-cycle engine at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).

“These results are only going to get better,” said Sal Scuderi, president of Scuderi Group. “The naturally aspirated Scuderi split-cycle engine will continue to improve when further optimized, and the Air-Hybrid performance will increase with higher air tank pressures. We expect the efficiencies to continue to climb as modifications are made and new simulations are conducted, including computer modeling of the 2011 Nissan Sentra running with a Scuderi engine.”


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