Khosla Ventures has invested in EcoMotors, a company that is developing a new family of compact, modular, efficient diesel engines. Coinciding with this announcement, Vinod Khosla is scheduled to speak at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Sunday, January 13, 2008.
We’re focused on powering the automotive fleet of tomorrow with fuel efficient building blocks. This new investment in efficient diesel engines from EcoMotors complements our firm’s other investments in the engine space. These companies are at the forefront of forming a serial plug-in hybrid platform with our multiple investments in new battery technology. The EcoMotors founders are experienced with multiple generations of engine design at top automotive companies. This experience will apply towards the design of the 100 mpg car.—Vinod Khosla, Founder and Managing Partner of Khosla Ventures
The EcoMotors team has been designing engines for the past forty years. The team’s specific accomplishments include developing the first high speed diesel-engines for all Volkswagens & Audis, the first 6-cylinder diesels for Volvo, the first 6-cylinder Inline-Compact-V (VR) engine in E/W installation in a compact car, first used in the Volkswagen Golf and the VR6-engine also used by Daimler-Benz.