Navistar Signs Development Deal with EcoMotors
EcoMotors Internationalâ€™s first product targeted for commercial application is a turbo-diesel version of the innovative opposed-piston, opposed-cylinder engine.
EcoMotorsâ€™ patented engine design creates a ground-breaking internal combustion engine family architecture that will operate on a number of different fuels, including gasoline, diesel, natural gas and ethanol.
According to Navistar, the opoc's new opposed piston-opposed cylinder direct gas exchange operation provides the well known emissions benefits of 4-cycle engines, the simplicity benefits of 2-cycle engines, the power density of the less well known opposed piston engine, and the extraordinary developments in electronics and combustion technology all tied together in a new and proprietary engine architecture.
The opoc engine comprises two opposing cylinders per module, with a crankshaft between them - each cylinder has two pistons moving in opposite directions. This innovative design configuration eliminates the cylinder-head and valve-train components of conventional engines, offering an efficient, compact and simple core engine structure. The result is an engine family that is lighter, more efficient and economical, with lower exhaust emissions.
EcoMotorsâ€™ opoc engine has a number of distinct advantages over traditional internal combustion engines. The opoc engine has very high power density of nearly one horsepower per pound resulting in an unprecedented lightweight and compact engine. The opoc engine is perfectly balanced enabling stackable power modules.
Dan Ustian, chairman, president and CEO of Navistar, said: â€œWe continue to be on the cutting edge of technology and our development agreement with EcoMotors once again demonstrates our commitment to develop new, innovative approaches to the commercial vehicle industry.
â€œOur company has a long history of pushing the envelope to deliver state-of-the-art, customer-focused solutions and we see great promise in EcoMotorsâ€™ breakthrough engine design.â€
Don Runkle, CEO of EcoMotors International, said: â€œEcoMotors is proud to partner with Navistar to commercialize the revolutionary opoc engine. For customers such as Navistar, this remarkable engine technology represents a competitive advantage that enables not only enhanced environmental sustainability, but also greater profitability.
â€œOur engineers are working to effectively rejuvenate the internal combustion engine for the 21st century.â€
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