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September 03, 2019   |   Diesel Technology Forum

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Are We Near the End of the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) Age?

We can boldly predict that today’s ICE – the internal combustion engine powered by gasoline and diesel – isn’t vanishing anytime real soon, despite its “demise” becoming a regular feature in the popular media.

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we can boldly predict that today’s ICE – the internal combustion engine powered by gasoline and diesel – isn’t vanishing anytime real soon, despite its “demise” becoming a regular feature in the popular media.



If you dare, flash back to October 1990 when rapper “Vanilla Ice” hit the Billboard charts, where the hit “ICE, ICE, Baby” spent seven days at the top. The words, “All right stop. Collaborate and listen. ICE is back with my brand-new invention.” dominated the airways, and then it was gone, a one-hit wonder.

But unlike the “ICE” of the 1990’s, we can boldly predict that today’s ICE – the internal combustion engine powered by gasoline and diesel – isn’t vanishing anytime real soon, despite its “demise” becoming a regular feature in the popular media.  

Until the time when electrified mobility approaches significant scale, gas and diesel engines will continue to improve. Customers will demand it; manufacturers are invested in it; and society needs it to ensure continued incremental progress on cleaner air and lower CO2 emissions.

Here’s what thought leaders and leading manufacturers have to say on the topic:

So what will keep ICE at the top of the transport charts for the foreseeable future? Continued gains in efficiency and lower emissions. Increased pairing with hybrid powertrains. Increasing use of advanced renewable fuels. All are factors that will contribute to diesel and gasoline engines playing a key role well into the future. 

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