27 SepMechanical Engineering Graduate SeminarThe rumors of the internal combustion engine death are greatly exaggerated
The rumors of the internal combustion engine death are greatly exaggerated
  • Prof.Bengt Johansson
  • Thursday, September 27, 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Building 9, Lecture Hall 1
2018-09-27T12:002018-09-27T13:00Asia/RiyadhThe rumors of the internal combustion engine death are greatly exaggerated Building 9, Lecture Hall 1 Emmanuelle Sougrat


There is much discussions on the future of internal combustion engines. Will there be any ICE in the future or will it be all Battery Electric Vehicles, BEV, or Fuel Cell Vehicles FCV?
This presentation starts with the current state of the car fleet and the fact that it is still 99.9% ICE powered vehicles out there. After some extrapolation to the future, CO2-emission for different means of transport is discussed. Is it better to run or drive a car in terms of g CO2 per km? The very strong trend of electrification of around 80-90% of all cars before 2030 will be discussed and also the six reasons not to buy a BEV. Even with 80-90% of all car electrified 80-90% of all cars will still have an ICE. Some recent trends in ICE development are then shown with focus on high efficiency, approaching 60% in best cases. Finally, a short discussion on future totally carbon neutral transport with the use of ICE will end the presentation.  


Bengt Johansson is since January 2016 professor in Mechanical Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KAUST in Saudi Arabia. 
Bengt Johansson was Professor in Internal Combustion Engines at Lund University between 2001 and 2015 and head of the combustion engine group 2004-2015. He was also director of the Centre of Competence Combustion Processes with a number of international industry partners 2003-2015. His group was among the leaders in low temperature combustion research. He has published more than 250 papers within HCCI and other low temperature combustion processes. 
He has been part time professor at TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands 2011-2015, chairman of the SAE Engine Combustion Committee 2012-2015 and 2006-2015 chair for the HCCI fuels collaborative task within the International Energy Agency, IEA. 


  • Emmanuelle Sougrat