Engine holy grail: Gas, diesel or electric?
4:11

Engine holy grail: Gas, diesel or electric?

Cars
[MUSIC] Hey folks, Brian Cooley here. Got another one of your emails about hi-tech cars and modern driving. This one comes in from Christopher C. in Barbados who says, I've been hearing about the new Skyactiv X engines from Mazda. And in your opinion do you think that this will be a step in the right direction Especially since most, if not all, car companies seem to have gone the electric route. Well, Kristopher, it's a very interesting situation. As you've noticed, all the headlines around cars seem to be about them becoming electrified, and yet car makers aren't stupid. They know that's years down the road before that hits the majority of market. So, they've got a lot of innovation to keep doing on the old combustion engine cars, diesel, gas, what have you. And no, of course the combustion engines aren't exactly down on their heels, backed into a corner. Sales of all plug in cars, globally, are estimated to be less than 1.5% of the market, at the end of 2017. And then the US sales of all cars with any combination of gas and electric motor were down to 2% in 2016. That's below the 3+% they enjoyed in 2013. Now part of that could be a swing more to pure EVs like a Tesla. And also to more crossovers and bigger suvs that may no offer hybridization. Cheap gas will do that for you So specifically, you asked about this new Mazda Skyactiv-X. Really interesting engine. What they've done is build a diesel gas hybrid. And I don't mean hybrid like electric. Diesel and gas come together. What it does is, here are the combustion chambers. It operates like a diesel by combusting the air fuel mixture through a combination of extremely high compression and then the resulting temperature and compression, a sort of instability, causes that mixture to explode and there you get your power. A traditional gas engine uses a spark plug, it is the same thing, and uses lowe compression, well, by doing this higher compression diesel trick, but still using gas they end up getting 30% better MPG, 30% more torque, those are diesel like attributes, but they also get cleaner tail pipe emission. Hat's a gasoline type attribute. Now what's interesting here is that sometimes there engine does use a spark plug unlike a diesel engine. They still have one in there like you see on this traditional engine. It'll work at low RPMs, and very high RPMs, where they found it kind of unstable, or difficult to manage gasoline compression ignition. BMW, meanwhile, is not betting on a gas engine that works like a diesel, It's just betting on a diesel. Saying all diesel cars have been unfairly painted with the VW brush. Their CEO and chairman Harald Kruger, making it sound almost like a conspiracy, to kill off a kind of engine that was really wrong thing for awhile there. But then ever since the VW scandal and increasing zero emission regulations and kind of a general american disinterest in diesels Has made the diesel look very very very yesterday. A lot of car makers have said they are gonna start to steer away from them, even European car makers. BMW plans to offer a 2000 Euro trade in bonus on older Euro 4 level cars towards the purchase of a newer clean Euro 6 model. And to offer a free upgrade to cleaner burning tech on those who own the Euro 5 level vehicles on the road now. Now that double down runs counter to recent pronouncements by France, India, China, UK, Norway, all of which have said they're setting dates soon by which you can no longer sell combustion engine cars in their borders. Luckily those dates are out a couple of decades or so in most cases. With the expectation of Norway they say by 2025 that's it that's the drop date day for dismal and gas. If i burns something they don't want it sold there after 2025 But for most vehicle makers and most major vehicle markets we've got a few decades of runway, and what Mazda's doing with Sky Active X shows that there's still a lot of innovation left around the spark plug, or the lack there of, while still combusting something. Keep those emails coming. I'm here to answer your questions about high tech cars and modern driving. It's cooley@theroadshow.com.

Up Next

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?
ev-credits-00-08-35-16-still170

Up Next

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?

Would a Solar Car Change Your Life?
solar-evs-00-05-39-10-still164

Would a Solar Car Change Your Life?

Why So Many People Are Interested in the New DeLorean Electric Sports Car
dal500034

Why So Many People Are Interested in the New DeLorean Electric Sports Car

US Road Fatalities Spike After Years of Progress
euro-ncap-pedestrian-safety-euro-ncap-mp4-00-01-29-17-still001

US Road Fatalities Spike After Years of Progress

Auto Giant Magna Prepares to Make Every Part of a Car Light Up
magna-lighting-00-01-55-05-still131

Auto Giant Magna Prepares to Make Every Part of a Car Light Up

The Best Place to Own an Electric Car
best-states-to-own-an-ev-00-15-12-06-still129

The Best Place to Own an Electric Car

The Full Cost Advantage of an Electric Car Is More Than Cheap Fuel
ev-total-cost-of-ownership-00-02-51-08-still112

The Full Cost Advantage of an Electric Car Is More Than Cheap Fuel

How Will We Deal With a Mountain of Old EV Batteries?
ev-battery-recycling-00-06-10-03-still099

How Will We Deal With a Mountain of Old EV Batteries?

How an EV Works
how-evs-work-00-04-48-14-still089

How an EV Works

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

7 Tips to Get More Out of Your Roku TV
screenshot-2022-08-16-at-12-52-46.png

7 Tips to Get More Out of Your Roku TV

Porsche Pushes the 911 to New Extremes With the New GT3 RS
Porsche 911 GT3 RS OGI

Porsche Pushes the 911 to New Extremes With the New GT3 RS

Mars Sample Return Mission Will Bring Rocks and Air to Earth
mars-samples-back-to-earth-v2-1

Mars Sample Return Mission Will Bring Rocks and Air to Earth

Ride1Up's 700 Series E-Bike Review: It Replaced My Car
220815-yt-ride1up-700-series-ebike-review-site-1

Ride1Up's 700 Series E-Bike Review: It Replaced My Car

The Apple Watch Has Life-Saving Features
220811-yt-the-apple-watch-saved-my-life-and-could-save-yours-too-site-1

The Apple Watch Has Life-Saving Features

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press
yt-x-ray-scanning-v4

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press

Most Popular All most popular

Top 5 iPhone 14 Rumors
iphone14-rumors2021-200000

Top 5 iPhone 14 Rumors

Mars Sample Return Mission Will Bring Rocks and Air to Earth
mars-samples-back-to-earth-v2-1

Mars Sample Return Mission Will Bring Rocks and Air to Earth

The Apple Watch Has Life-Saving Features
220811-yt-the-apple-watch-saved-my-life-and-could-save-yours-too-site-1

The Apple Watch Has Life-Saving Features

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press
yt-x-ray-scanning-v4

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press

Ride1Up's 700 Series E-Bike Review: It Replaced My Car
220815-yt-ride1up-700-series-ebike-review-site-1

Ride1Up's 700 Series E-Bike Review: It Replaced My Car

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?
ev-credits-00-08-35-16-still170

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?

Latest Products All latest products

Galaxy Watch 5: My First 2 Days With Samsung's Watches
watch-5-thumb

Galaxy Watch 5: My First 2 Days With Samsung's Watches

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Flip 3 Specs Compared
220809-yt-galaxy-z-flip-4-vs-z-flip-3-v2

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Flip 3 Specs Compared

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 First Take: Bigger Cover Screen, New Cameras
jje-9771

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 First Take: Bigger Cover Screen, New Cameras

MacOS Ventura Public Beta: The 3 Best New Features
thumb1

MacOS Ventura Public Beta: The 3 Best New Features

What You Should Know About the Nothing Phone 1
nothingphone1-cms

What You Should Know About the Nothing Phone 1

New WatchOS 9 Features Coming Soon to Apple Watch
p1050672

New WatchOS 9 Features Coming Soon to Apple Watch

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use