Powertrain

High-Efficiency IC Engine Symposium

April 19-20, 2020 Detroit, MI SAE International 2 Day Conference

The ICE is not dead yet and the SAE High-Efficiency IC Engine Symposium (HEICE) returns in 2020 to examine its future. As an ideal complement to WCX SAE World Congress Experience, HEICE will be held just prior to WCX in Detroit on April 19-20, 2020.

The 2020 program will feature an emphasis the impact of emissions standards, advanced combustion for emerging light- and heavy-duty engines, control systems, and low temperature combustion.

Even as all-electric futures capture the headlines in the automotive world, the internal combustion engine (ICE) will continue to stake its claim as a bedrock of lightweight and medium-duty mobility. Even with governments looking to zero emission futures---by 2050---and OEMs increase their investments in fleet electrification, they will continue to deliver improvements to the ICE to reduce emissions and increase fuel economy well into the 2030s.

Case in point, Mazda said it had made a big advance in a combustion method commonly known as homogeneous charge compression ignition, which would result in gasoline engines that are 20 to 30 percent more efficient than the company’s best existing engines. And experts, including John Heywood, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, predicts that in 2050, 60 percent of light-duty vehicles will still have combustion engines with double the fuel economy, often working with electric motors in hybrid systems and largely equipped with a turbocharger. Vehicles powered purely by batteries, he estimates, will make up 15 percent of sales.

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