Posted By RichC on May 28, 2006
According to Bloomberg News, Honda intends to use a plasma reactor exhaust treatment system in preparing diesel cars to meet EPA restrictions in the United States. The US patent indicates that exhaust will flow through this plasma reactor and and “separate out harmful nitrogen oxides and forms of nitrogen dioxide that’s then reduced or absorbed by alkali metals and silver.” DaimlerChrysler and Volkswagen’s technology uses and ammonia based chemical based in urea injection to reduce smog-forming nitrogen oxides.
According to Bloomberg, “Honda, the world’s largest engine maker, aims to sell a U.S. diesel model by 2009, five years after introducing its first such car in Europe. The company hasn’t said which models will be available with its new engine. Takeo Fukui, Honda’s president, said May 23 that diesels may eventually be available in the U.S. in the Odyssey minivan and Acura MDX sport-utility vehicle.”