Benjamin Lawler

EVs OK, but ICE still have plenty of energy to burn

By BENJAMIN LAWLER // The internal combustion engine is old, inefficient and dirty. Its days are numbered. The future is electric vehicles, which are new, efficient and clean. At least, that what you’ve been told, by people who have a financial interest in propagating EVs. The truth is somewhat different. EVs and ICE-powered vehicles first competed in the late 1800s. But in the early 1900s, the ICE was found to be more desirable due to…


SBU team lands $1M for clean engine ignition

A Stony Brook University-led research team has received a $1 million Department of Energy grant to advance research on what’s called Reactivity Controlled Compression Ignition, an emerging combustion technology that uses compression instead of spark ignition to simultaneously reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Research will focus on eliminating the need for two different fuels — currently gas and diesel — to enable RCCI. The DOE grant to Stony Brook is one of eight awarded to research teams around…