Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Engine Update - Achates Power

I received a new update on an engine that we've had little information on until now - the Achates Power opposed piston/opposed cylinder engine. Until this update, there hasn't been much more than that and its proposed capability to reach 100 mpg said about the engine.


According to this article, Achates has developed the first engine, which they're calling the A40. It's currently in use in a military vehicle. In addition to this first engine, Achates says that an engine with four cylinders and eight pistons is underway and should be completed in about two months. The engines, which are said to be lighter than a standard diesel engine (what "standard" is they don't say - V6, V8, commercial diesel??) will not be produced by Achates, but licensed to manufacturers and vehicle companies.

So just a small bit of additional information, but with each update, this engine is looking both more interesting, and viable as a possible alternative engine. Now, if we can just figure out how much it weighs...

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