FIMA report: The diesel engine and its rivals – The future of powering non-road mobile machinery
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report › Professional
|Publisher||FIMA, Forum for Intelligent Machines ry|
|Number of pages||43|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 26 May 2016|
|Publication type||D4 Published development or research report or study|
Currently, the combustion engine’s main competitive technologies are electric drive units and batteries as energy storage although the market share of battery-powered machines is extremely low. In the long run, hydrogen-based fuel cell technology will be the combustion engine’s main competitor. The change will not happen rapidly but step by step, and it will be decades before new solutions are used widely in different applications.
Diesel engines will remain the dominant power source in mobile machines over the coming decades, but niche markets will appear in which diesel engines will disappear sooner. There will be more variation in powertrain technologies between applications. The future of mobile machines will not be dominated by one power train technology but by combinations of technologies.