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It seems Ford is one upping GM. GM is coming out with direct injection (previously posted on this site), so Ford is coming out with a direct injection and turbo combination.

http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2009-09/fords-turbo-charged-ecoboost-engine

Of course to keep the fuel from having “Vapor lock” issues, where the fuel vaporizes before reaching the combustion chamber, this will require a high pressure pump and injection system. Also possibly a fuel system that sends fuel back to the tank to spread the heat out.

Also no word on how expensive this will be. I think as the internal combustion engine becomes more complicated and expensive there will be a tipping point on cost.

Electric cars with range extending engines are already much simpler than today’s cars and electric cars without range extending engines are  stupid simple. As electric cars become cheaper and “regular” cars become more expensive and complicated to get the MPG required by law we will see a dramatic shift in buying habits.

Another aspect of this is car life. It is true that batteries will have to be replaced in electric cars, but there are so few components to them it may work out that it is cheaper to go to a shop and have it repaired than to buy another.

As in the case of many European diesels in the 80’s, when the car refused to stop working  (engine and tranny, the two big money repair items that force most people to ditch a vehicle, just kept going and going….) people got rid of them due to worn paint jobs, worn seats and rust. A desire to have something new and pretty.

-Tech Dennis

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