General Motors has breached into a few important areas regarding the future of propulsion, but the fact is many are a long way out from becoming standard like gasoline is today. However, GM is advocating for a more achievable step with gasoline, that is, standardized high octane fuel.
On an upcoming episode of Autoline, previewed in the Autoline Daily video above, GM Vice President of Global Propulsion Systems, Dan Nicholson, says standardized high octane fuel is something the automaker has been seriously looking into. To minimize C02 outputs, high octane gas would allow compression ratios to rise and improve thermodynamic efficiency. Long story short, engines would emit fewer pollutants on high octane gas.
Nicholson admits it won’t happen overnight, but he says GM considers it a major possibility to have standard high octane engines within three to four years. Furthermore, he says GM continues to look at every aspect of a vehicle to see where emissions and efficiency can be increased, not just in one particular area.
Would you be up for standard high-octane gasoline engines? Or should the industry pursue another option? It’s an intriguing concept, so leave your thoughts below after watching the video above.