MCE-5 VCRi: Pushing back the fuel consumption reduction limits

It’s transparent

The MCE‑5 VCRi is a new technology in line with existing trends
for the best consensus between industrial companies and end customers

To be immediately accepted by the market, a car engine innovation must not lead to new constraints for the end customer. It must, on the contrary, simplify their lives. Moreover, a new engine must, in as much as possible, add value to the automotive industry’s core businesses, production facilities and vehicle platforms. An innovation must not lead to a commercial, functional or industrial revolution. This is fundamental for a new car engine: it’s difficult to force the world to adapt to a technology, which is why a technology must be adapted to the world.

Changing energy distribution infrastructures
would represent billions of euros of investment

Their versatility made cars a great success.
This essential feature is offered by minivans,
station wagons and SUVs

From production to maintenance, the MCE‑5 VCRi
is transparent and remains within the traditional
skills of automobile industry

The end customer’s resistance to change is strong when it comes to cars. For example, drivers who are used to a manual gearbox will find it difficult to switch to an automatic one and vice-versa. How can we explain the fact that in 2008, 85% of American customers bought vehicles with an automatic transmission while over 80% of European customers chose a standard transmission? Why is it so difficult for French drivers to drive with LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) despite the tax incentives? Even changing brands or models can be a challenge: customers are often loyal to a brand when satisfied with it. This resistance to change may add a notion of risk according to the nature of the proposed innovation. It can be risky to forecast an innovation’s market penetration rate if its commercial success is based on a change in the end customer’s habits or behavior. This risk, for example, is highest for electric cars since they are not only a complete industrial change but also a major functional and cultural one. As such, the electric car will have to “invent” its market, focusing on users who only travel limited distances, almost exclusively in an urban area, and who don’t want to or cannot use public transport. Promoters of electric cars will have to innovate in the marketing and commercialization of the product and services. We’ll see the development of self-service vehicles, long-term rentals with occasional access to IC engine vehicles, the availability of pre-charged batteries that are not owned by the customer, as well as all types of breakdown services and guarantees allowing the customer to make do with the new constraints. In addition, since they are limited to urban use and have low performance levels, electric cars will no longer be “electrified” IC engine vehicles but rather special vehicles designed around an electric motor. Carmakers will therefore have to develop new families of light cars for city streets that are not adapted to highway traffic.

With a completely opposite approach, MCE‑5 VCRi is a “transparent” IC engine for all types of customers and uses. MCE‑5 VCRi maintains the versatility that made cars such a success. It drives the same way as any conventional engine, with first-rate performance and low fuel consumption. By increasing vehicle range, MCE‑5 VCRi will continue to reduce the constraints borne by end customers by allowing them to fill up less often.

For engine designers and automobile engineers, the MCE‑5 VCRi does not compete with any of the strategies that they have been working with, and on the contrary, it will increase their efficiency and potentially reduce development times.

For carmakers, the MCE‑5 VCRi remains anchored in their core business: mechanics and thermodynamics. Moreover, the MCE‑5 VCRi engine can be installed in cars in the same way as any other engine: its general architecture, size and weight are similar to those of conventional gasoline and Diesel engines.

For infrastructure, MCE‑5 VCRi uses the gasoline available in any part of the world. It’s not necessary to create expensive recharging stations or new types of fuel pumps. What’s more, the MCE‑5 VCRi engine is serviced in the same way as a conventional engine, with the same networks and the same know-how.

MCE‑5 VCRi’s “transparency” will enable it to be applied worldwide. It is only in this way that it will be able to make a significant contribution to better management of the major economic, environmental and energy challenges that we will be facing in the coming decades.