Transonic Combustion, Inc., a start-up developing a supercritical fuel injection system that can improve the fuel economy of internal combustion engines by between 50-75% (earlier post), announced that Donald Runkle, CEO of EcoMotors, has joined Transonic’s board of directors. EcoMotors is developing opposed piston opposed cylinder (opoc) engines (earlier post). Both are Khosla Ventures portfolio companies.
Major improvements to fuel injection technology represent a significant opportunity to improve internal combustion engine efficiency. Transonic’s supercritical fuel injection system is at the forefront of such new thinking and innovation in powertrain component development that can significantly reduce fuel consumption and emissions. I’m enthusiastic to join Transonic’s team, its mission to offer such a valuable product proposition and its talented staff dedicated to a lower carbon future.
Since 2009, Runkle serves as CEO of EcoMotors. Until mid-2005, Runkle served as vice chairman and chief technology officer of Delphi Corp., responsible for deploying lean principles and integrating engineering, manufacturing and purchasing, and for leading major international customer accounts.
Before his time with Delphi, Runkle served in several engineering leadership roles with General Motors. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, as well as an MBA from MIT.