For cargo ships as well as for long-distance trucks and high-performance construction machines, combustion engines will remain the medium of choice, states DI Wimmer. The generation of power is another field of application in which combustion engines are superior to turbines. In contrast to electrically powered engines, combustion engines can be refueled in a very short time. In addition to that they are lighter and have a longer operational range. According to Prof. Eichlseder, CEO of the Institute of Internal Combustion Engines and Thermodynamics (IVT), the advantages of electric cars apply mostly to urban traffic for the reasons stated above.


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