The car industry is in the course of a fundamental change
Many discussions about the future of the car result in the same questions:
- How can increasing mobility be catered for in spite of finite resources and increasing prices?
- What contribution can car manufacturers make to further reduce CO2 emissions?
- What drive technology is suitable for the future?
- How can the latter be combined with safety, comfort and driving pleasure?
A significant development is already becoming clear: on a global scale, the segment for small cars will increase in importance.
The technology of the Neander engine enables forward-looking and innovative solutions, e.g. compact 2-cylinder engines with 50 or 110 hp, or powerful single cylinder engines for operation as range extenders. We would like to present the latter possibility in more detail:
The hybrid vehicles (vehicles with electric drives) which are now on the market do not really correspond to the actual requirements:
- The engines which are currently being used are usually too large.
- Economically convincing combinations with diesel engines do not exist.
A consistent car with a hybrid drive caters for the primary use of a car – everyday use for short-distance travel.
At weekends or on holidays, the short-distance vehicle must also be able to travel long distances. The engine is used to charge the battery in intermittent operation; the battery is charged from the mains when stationary, or via a single cylinder Neander diesel engine for mobile charging.