FOX NEWS — A new energy efficiency tool is making the car look better on the road.
Fox News contributor and energy optimization engineer Daniel Koehl explains the tools, why they are useful and what it takes to take them to the next level.
FOXNEWS: So you’ve got this new engine optimization tool called Optimizely Engine Temperature.
It uses data from a variety of sources, including the NHTSA website, and it’s based on what you’d see in a car if you drove it in your garage.
Now, you can actually put this data into your car to see how it’s doing.
Here’s a comparison chart.
FOXNEWS: What do you see?
The new engine is doing better, the car is making more power.
But what does that mean to you?
FOXNEWS, DANIEL KOEHL: Well, in general, this engine is improving the vehicle’s overall efficiency.
So what that means to me is, the efficiency is the energy efficiency of the vehicle.
But there’s one key aspect that is not being addressed by the software, which is the fuel consumption.
The efficiency of a vehicle is directly related to how much fuel it uses, so the better it’s going to be in the fuel tank, the less fuel it’s burning, the lower the efficiency.
Now the software is able to capture that, but the real data isn’t there.
So it takes a combination of both to really get to the bottom of what’s going on, and how can we get the efficiency of this vehicle up to 20%?
FOXPROFESSOR: Well this is a good example of what we’re doing.
It’s using this data to analyze how a vehicle’s performance is actually affected by different environmental factors.
FOXPROCESSOR, JONATHAN GARVIN: Now, when we talk about climate change, there’s a lot of discussion going on about how you’re going to mitigate emissions, but what are we really doing about?
This is an example of a car that we’ve designed that can be driven off the grid.
It runs on electricity, but when it’s needed, it can also run on hydrogen.
FOXPRESIDENT: What’s the best way to do this?
What is the optimal amount of fuel we use on the car?
FOXPRESIDENCY: That’s really the big question, isn’t it?
FOXBETTER ENERGY: Is the amount of hydrogen, or is the amount that you’re using to generate the energy the best?
FOX PROFESSORS: Absolutely.
I think it’s the energy.
FOX BETTER ECONOMY: How much fuel do you have to use?
FOX ECONEMY: I think that’s the biggest question.
We’re going through a lot in terms of efficiency, we’re looking at the cost of building new vehicles.
And we’ve got a lot more fuel on the grid than we have cars on the market.
FOX PROOFER: So how are you going to make a difference?
FOX PRESIDENCY, JOSHUA GARVIS: Well I think what we can do is we can use this data.
It allows us to design and build a car based on the data.
FOX ELECTRICAL WORKERS: It can be as simple as you can put it in the car, or you can do things like optimize how you use it.
FOXELECTRICS WORKERS, JOSEPH WALSH: Well it allows us, we can design cars that are really clean.
FOXBETH HAYES: It allows you to take some of the bad stuff out, and I think the biggest problem with cars today is they are getting more and more complicated and expensive.
FOX PRESIDENT: How would you say this is the best option?
FOXEACH MAN: It’s not really the best, but it’s definitely better than buying a used car.
FOXWILLIAM BOULLARD, GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY: This is a big one, the fuel economy is not as important as the efficiency, the cost is not a big issue.
FOXTRADE NEWS: We have a problem.
FOX NEWS: It is.
I mean, we’ve gotten all of the data, but how do you actually use it?
And how much energy is required?
FOX TRADE NEWS, MARIANNE MOON: What does it take to drive the car on a daily basis?
FOXTRADESNEWS, MARION HAYNES: It will cost you, I think, $30,000 or $40,000 a year, depending on the model, to have the car drive on the roads, not just drive around in your driveway.
FOX TRADES NEWS, DANNY MELVILLE: You’ll pay the energy bill, you’ll have to pay the gas bill,