It was another interesting week for everyone involved in the development of mobility. Our national pride the Lightyear One was unveiled, our king opened a green hydrogen plant at Veendam and BMW has indicated that it will continue to produce diesel engines for at least another 30 years. Although I find the development of combustion engines very interesting and follow it closely, an internal combustion engine is in fact unsuitable as a drive unit for cars because it is a stationary engine. Variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation, hybrid technologies, variable compression ratio etc. do not change that principle.

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Author profile picture Jan Wouters is an independent entrepeneur, at In the year that the car celebrates its 250th anniversary, he writes for Innovation Origins about the history of innovation.