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Ex-Porsche CEO backs startup trying to give combustion engine a reprieve

Among the start-up's shareholders is Wendelin Wiedeking, the former chief executive officer of Porsche AG credited with reviving the iconic German sports-car maker

Combustion Engine

As tightening emission rules force the car industry to embrace battery power, a German startup says it has the technology to give the combustion engine a reprieve. Using pulsed microwaves to ignite fuel rather than spark plugs or glow plugs, the engineers behind MWI Micro Wave Ignition AG say they can cut consumption of gasoline and diesel by as much as 30 per cent, and emissions by as much as 80 per cent, because the fuel burns at a lower temperature. The company based in the small Black Forest town of Empfingen has won some powerful backers. Among its shareholders is ...