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MAHLE tests its engine components and filters for
compatibility with e-fuels
Alternative fuels from regenerative sources offer substantial potential
for reducing transportation-related CO2 emissions. MAHLE is therefore concertedly investigating the compatibility of its engine components and filters with the use of various e-fuels. The results show that
many of the MAHLE materials and components that have been tested
so far are "e-fuel ready."
MAHLE is examining the resistance of components and materials when using fuel blends with e-fuels that can be admixed under
current fuel standards as well as alternatives such as oxymethylene
ether (OME) for heavy-duty commercial vehicles, dimethyl carbonate
(DMC) for passenger cars, or methane (CH4) as a gaseous alternative.
Admixtures within the current fuel standards are especially promising due to their backward compatibility, as they include the existing
global car population in CO2 reduction. The resulting lever is greater
by a factor of about 20, given sufficient availability of regenerative
fuel in Europe, than for measures that apply only to new vehicles. This
potential should be considered as a supplement to electric mobility in
the drive mix of the future.
"The admixture of e-fuels can immediately produce great savings
potential. If allowed, this could mean a decisive step toward achieving the 37.5 percent CO2 savings mandated at EU level relative to
2021," explains Dr. Otmar Scharrer, Head of Research and Advanced
Engineering at MAHLE. "Our tests indicate that many of the MAHLE
engine components and filters tested to date are ready for the admixture of e-fuels. We are providing our customers with the means to
tap this potential."
As part of the series of test runs, MAHLE is also investigating what
proportion of a fuel that is outside of the current standards can be
used in operation without changes to hardware or software. The tests
have demonstrated that engine performance comparable to the use
of purely fossil fuels is possible with the admixture of certain e-fuels
as well, while maintaining series production data sets and injection
systems. No measurable difference in the combustion process was
found for the tested e-fuels. Emissions behavior was actually even
better than for purely fossil fuels in large areas of the operating map.
From a thermodynamic perspective, MAHLE therefore assumes that
these e-fuels will be technically backward compatible for the admixture of up to 20 percent. This is a very promising approach, but its
implementation requires legislative support in terms of expanded fuel
standards.

Hunter Engineering and AutoVitals Announce
New Inspection Integration
Hunter Engineering and AutoVitals are pleased to announce a new
integration with their vehicle inspection technology. The joint integration empowers Service providers to quickly present inspection findings to customers through easy-to-understand, customizable reports,
while providing shops with greater opportunities to upsell services
and build transparency with customers. AutoVitals' digital platforms
integrate with Hunter's latest inspection and alignment systems, including Quick Check Drive, Quick Check, Quick Tread and HawkEye
Elite systems.
Hunter Product Panager, Alan Hagerty, noted, "When investing in inspection technology, shops should choose integrated solutions that
provide a better customer experience and increase profitability in an
ever-increasing competitive market."
Inspection and alignment data collected from Hunter's connected
equipment is seamlessly integrated into AutoVitals' electronic multipoint inspection (eMPI) and auto-populated into an inspection report,
eliminating the need for manual data re-entry and paper inspections.
In just minutes, shops can present alignment, tire tread and battery
health readings to customers through a desktop, smartphone or tablet for approval, providing a more satisfying experience for customers.

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