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Can I do better

by biggie360@hotmail.com
(anchorage alaska)

Motor Development International OneFlowAir Car

Motor Development International OneFlowAir Car

the entire automotive industry has already done better. Compressed air is a stupid choice for automotive fuel. You would need to (somehow) compress it to about 800,000PSI in order to maintain the same energy/volume ratio as gasoline.

Also, the simple act of compressing air is about 20% efficient AT BEST, and that energy has to come from somewhere. After the 80% energy loss of compressing the air, we would see another loss as the compressed air is decompressed to power the car.

I have seen these engines run effectively while usefully producing about 40% of the potential power stored in the compressed air tanks.

Seriously? You expect a car built out of pure STUPID to save the world?

Barry's Response - Perhaps these are reasons why the compressed air car has not been as popular as one might think. If these statements are true, they present serious practical issues in making these cars a viable (and reliable) medium of transportation.

That's not to say it warrants abandoning all research. Just that there's still a ways to go. Can I do better? Can we get better search this site for vehicle efficiency and reduced air quality impacts? We shall find out. Thanks for your provoking argument here, Biggie.

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Nice article!
by: Jonathan Woods

I completely agree with your words. We need to do something for the betterment of our environment. The amount of exhausts needed to be reduced. We can make it possible up-to some extent by regular maintenance of our vehicles. Thanks for sharing such a nice article.

by: Charlie

Air is not all good. But the battery for the Tesla weighs .4T, it cost AUD 25k and only lasts ~ 3 years... and it recently broke the distance record here in Oz at 500 km/ charge - WITHOUT THE AC ON - and with the windscreen wiper set vertical to minimise drag..

Carbon fibre tanks cost about $3000, they weigh ? - 30kg and if designed to be fatigue free will be as good in 100 years as they are now.

And range? - carry more carbon tanks, or swop them at gas - air! stations like we do gas cylinders now.

And we can charge them directly with wind powered compressors. Truly carbon neutral.

> aircar, airbike, airtruck, airboat, .... airplane, aircopter?

Any comments out there - ?



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