Saturday, October 02, 2004

Fart Car

PARIS - Record-high oil prices might seem like bad news for the auto industry. But one European manufacturer plans to make a type of car unaffected by $50-a-barrel crude — cars that run on compressed air.

"It's safe, doesn't pollute, doesn't explode, it's not poisonous and it's not expensive," said Sebastien Braud, a representative for Luxembourg-based Moteur Developpement International.


By consuming much more energy from the power plant than it delivers on the road, Krause said, it could even do as much environmental damage as some gasoline cars.

"You may not have any pollution from the car itself," he said, "but you're just transferring the environmental burden to another place."

Krause's organization pushes a much simpler recipe for cutting greenhouse gas and toxic emissions from vehicles. If consumers ditched their SUVs and other gas guzzlers and chose engine capacities reflecting their real needs, he said, fuel consumption would drop by a third.

And this would be incompatible with the fart car how exactly? I think that Krause is really saying that he would rather make laws to stop people from doing what he doesn't like instead of creating alternatives to encourage them to meet the same objective. Good luck in your battle with multi-national car companies, Mr. Krause. You will need it.

In the mean time, I would be happy to drive the Fart Car...I'm not sure they really want me calling it that though.


ladybug said...

I want a fart car! Then maybe someone I know will be able to leave the house during office hours.

DewKid said...

So what makes this car any different than an electric car? You still have to plug it in...

I saw this car advertised on the news. The talking heads presented it as a "car that runs only on air!". At the end of the story, they casually mention the need to plug it in for a charge!!

Don Snabulus said...

I have to plug it in? That blows :)

(Actually, there might be an advantage in not needing the exotic metals that batteries require...but the range still stinks)

ElTigris said...

yep you have to plug it in for a charge... at least to charge up the compressed air tanks. The engine runs on the expansion of air alone. In this way you use it to keep your batteries charged as would a normal combustion engine. Like hydrogen tho, it takes energy to compress the air. So your filling stations would use electricity to run compressors and have high pressure air. The comment saying this just transfers the pollution is not exactly correct. The large powerplant is easier to keep clean because it is a large static facility and the scrubbers and evironmentals dont need to be compact to be mobile like in a car. The problem is however we would be using fossil fuels to power them, annndddddd - you still have to deal with the central power grid being able to handle the load. Enron has already taught how well that fairs when the grid is stripped to the bare minimum on purpose and for the sole reason of the bottom line. Getting people to change their habits is noble idea.... but face it...some people see no need to change. They will be selfish to the end.