Explosive coolant being put into cars to fight global warming

A new kind of explosive coolant called HFO-1234yf is being put into cars to fight global warming. HFO-1234yf is already becoming standard in many new cars sold in the European Union and the United States by all the major automakers, in large part because its developers, Honeywell and Chemours, have automakers over a barrel. Their refrigerant is one of the few options that automakers have to comply with new regulations and the Kigali agreement. It has its detractors. The new refrigerant is at least 10 times as costly as the one it replaces. Daimler began raising red flags in 2012. A video the company made public was stark. It showed a Mercedes-Benz hatchback catching fire under the hood after 1234yf refrigerant leaked during a company simulation. Daimler eventually relented and went along with the rest of the industry, installing 1234yf in many of its new cars. “None of the people in the car industry I know want to use it,” said Axel Friedrich, the former...(Read Full Post)

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