The race to electrification has caused many automakers rush into making EVs, leaving other “green” options like hydrogen in the dust. Be that as it may, not all races are runs, and very much like the turtle and the bunny, hydrogen may slowly catching up for lost time.
As per documents originally discovered by Muscle Cars and Trucks, Ford has patented a turbocharged direct injection hydrogen-combustion engine design which could mitigate pre-detonation issues that can happen with hydrogen as a fuel.
Rather than a finished engine, Ford’s patent shows the way that it intends to make air and fuel mix as one with right timing for ideal efficiency.
To put it out simply, hydrogen likes to explode, therefore, controlling when it explodes is important. On the off chance that the engine isn’t receiving the correct mixture of air to fuel, the fuel can detonate early, which causes engine knock, power loss, and possible damage.
Ford’s design controls the air and fuel separately, using direct injection for the fuel and a fully variable exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) to control the air. Variable valve timing also helps with controlling the proper time for the air and fuel to enter the combustion chamber.
The system can increase EGR flow when more torque is required to reduce combustion temperature, therefore reducing early explosions. Whenever less torque is required, EGR flow is decreased, reducing the amount of fuel.
While Ford’s patent only shows one cylinder, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that it hopes to scale the technology to feature multiple cylinders. On the off chance that we’re fortunate, we could see a hydrogen-powered V8 from the brand, which would prolong the life of the sports cars like the Mustang into the indefinite future.
Electrification spells as far as it goes for some sports car enthusiasts, yet in the event that manufacturers like Toyota and Ford can lead the way with hydrogen-combustion power, enthusiasts might still enjoy the sound and power delivery of a traditional internal combustion engine without relying on non-sustainable power.
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