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New catalytic converter reduces fuel consumption by three per cent

Date: 28/01/2014 17:02:38
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: Laura Varley

A new catalytic converter that has just been developed by researchers could save drivers' valuable petrol, as it can reduce fuel consumption by three per cent.

According to honestjohn.co.uk, the converter was developed by researchers at Imperial College London. As well as being more fuel efficient than regular converters, it is also small, lighter and cheaper to make.

Dr Benjamin Kingsbury, the inventor of the prototype, said that catalytic converters haven't been reinvented since the 1940s, despite the fact they play an important role in cars.

"The prototype I have developed could make cars cheaper to run because they use less fuel," he explained. "It could potentially help manufacturers to reduce their costs. Drivers could also be a major beneficiary of this device, which could save on fuel costs and ultimately lead to reduced CO emissions," reports imperial.ac.uk.

Moreover, the amount of rare materials required to create it, such as platinum, have been reduced by 80 per cent. Platinum is often used in modern converters, but can easily degrade over time, so this new converter should technically last longer too.

In fact, internal tests showed that over a distance of 62,000 miles a standard converter deteriorates by about 35 per cent, whereas the new converter only deteriorated by four per cent.

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