Saturday, July 16, 2005

Breathe



Air Car Presentation for the UK Market



On the 20th September a car with an air-compressed engine, invented by the Frenchman Guy Nègre, will be presented in London. The presentation will take place at 10 am in the Millennium Hotel (17 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1). The aim of the event is to present MDI´s technology to the public before its imminent arrival on the market and to offer to businessmen and institutions the chance to take part in establishing the factories in the UK.

One of the many challenges of today's society is maintaining our lifestyle with minimal repercussions to the environment. This is why Guy Nègre has invented a "zero pollution" car which involves no combustion.

The MDI car can reach a speed of 68 mph and has a road coverage of roughly 124 miles -some 8 hours of travel- which is more than double the road coverage of an electric car. When recharging the tank, the car needs to be connected to the mains (220V) for 3 to 4 hours or attached to an air pump in a petrol station for only 2 minutes.

Economy and the ecological benefits are the main advantages for the client since the car´s maintenance cost is 10 times less than that of a petrol-run car, costing 1 pound for the car to travel for up to 8 hours or to cover 124 miles in an Urban area.

24 comments:

Pandabonium said...

Very cool and ingenious design. Still need to produce the power somewhere, but it would help clean up air in congested areas, along with fuel cell buses and of course bicycles.

There's a German company that makes Velotaxis (man powered) and are now used all over Germany and for a couple of years now in Kyoto and Naha.
http://www.velotaxi.com/

Ultimately I think we need to reverse globisation and localise things so that we use less energy for transportation all togeather (we have grapefruit from Israel in our Kashima supermarket - crazy). Cars like this will help with urban transport, especially if recharged by a renewable source.

Hey, if we could hook one of these cars up to Rush, we could have an unlimited supply of compressed gas.

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DewKid said...

Sorry for the posts and deletes! I decided for some reason to try and debunk this car, and then decided that was silly.

Besides, living in California, I'm all for inventors doing their darndest to get us some alternatives to gasoline!

DewKid said...

This is pretty funny, and sort of on topic:

"A group in Miramichi raising money for a new "eco-centre" is drawing fire for raffling off a Hummer – one of the biggest gas-guzzling SUVs you can buy."

DewKid said...

I found a nice blog on renewable fuel sources and energy conservation:

http://www.green-trust.org/

Check it out!

The Moody Minstrel said...

Speaking of debunking environmental issues and finding interesting web articles on renewable fuel sources, this is actually rather painful...

Pa've said...

After reading that, I'm glad I didn't plug up my engine with salad dressing.

Pandabonium said...

Poor Corncob Bob. First he gets fired, then he finds out it took more engergy to produce him than he can produce. He must feel crushed. Mmmm, corn syrup.

There may be no techno fix for every problem we as a species face. (I am asuming we are all of the same species). But humans have not come this far (hmm, I need to think about that one) without being adaptable as well as ingenious.

Perhaps we will have to abandon the present lifestyle. That does not have to be a bad thing. We can fear the future, or we can embrace change in a positive way. A life without car traffic and pollution? Where people actually walk and ride bikes as a means of transportation? A community where neighbors know each other and work together on local matters? Where the local community produces it's own energy and food? Actually sounds rather good to me - healthy.

It could be, if we make it so.

Somewhere between the Pollyanna "don't worry be happy" faith in the technocracy, and the gloom and doom prophecies of being overwhelmed, there is a reality we can make happen and live with, and be happy with. So I welcome innovation as well as realistic, if not so rosy, assessments of the situation.

It's all good.

If this is confusing to anyone, it only indicates that I am expressing myself in my normal way.

Anonymous said...

Eltigris growls: here is something the other studies refuse to address (some I would suspect are funded by "generous" oil companies)algae oil production using garbage waste and effluent streams ....the article is detailed ..but a good read if you want to grind thru it.

http://www.unh.edu/p2/biodiesel/article_alge.html

Anonymous said...

Eltigris growls: and I found this report as well ..a compilation of a 16 year study. It ended under the "pressure of budget cuts" I always believed in the co-opting of the DOE by outside interests and notice the date as well.....1995 the Clinton era. Oops Mr Clinton. No doubt now with the burying of facts habit by the current administration ....they are busier than a cat trying to bury its ejected biomass on a marble floor in matters such as this.

http://www.biodezl.com/biodiesel_from_algae_ps.pdf

Anonymous said...

Eltigris growlies: I had read more in the report. Some very interesting finds. One was the American Petroluem Institute didnt believe price increases in imported oil would happen soon, and neither did they consider oil as an issue of national security. The other fact the report mentioned was even though promising biodeisel production wasnt feasible because it would cost twice the current prices to produce and be competitive. Remember this was 1995..and the prices for diesel was $1.14 /gal ....now today ....with price going over $2.70 /gal and likely to climb.....HUMmMmmmmm intersting.

DewKid said...

For me, finding an alternative fuel that the country embraces is the quickest way to the general letter to the Middle East that reads:

Hi guys,

Guess we won't be needing your oil anymore. Thanks anyway!

U.S.

Besides, with China trying to buy up the oil, its not going to be a pretty site in the next couple of decades if we DONT do something.

Of course, as much as people like to complain, $3/gallon isn't really that big of a deal. Our biannual drive to Oregon will still happen this summer. The higher gas prices only add like $100 to the total vacation price, and that really isn't a problem.

Pa've said...

I've decided my next vehicle will be powered by cold fusion.

Some maniac said...

Nah, hot fusion! Go with hot fusion! VERRRRRY hot!!!!!!!!

Vulgarius said...

So if two cars hit each other at the speed of light is that hot or cold fusion?

DewKid said...

By the way, is anybody else confused about the statement "The MDI car can reach a speed of 68 mph and has a road coverage of roughly 124 miles -some 8 hours of travel-"??

How does 124 miles at 68 mph translate to 8 hours of travel? To get 8 hours out of a car that can only go 124 miles, you've got to be going at 15.5 mph. Maybe it can go 68 mph for the first couple of seconds, but then slows down to a comfortable 10 mph for rest of the drive. Rather like a CO2 powered car.... :-)

pug said...

I like frogs.

Catfish Johnny Redbeard said...

Pandabonium,

It would be nice to get back a less taxing lifestyle, both on the environment and ourselves. But that leaves technological solutions - and they do exist - out in cold, so to speak.

It is already cliche to discuss oil companies supressing alternative energy funding. But if China ends up owning our oil companies too, does that mean there will be less or more oil lobbyists in our congress?

Anonymous said...

24 May 2005: Mercedes-Benz announced its new V8 diesel engine will enter production this Fall in Eltigris Growlies: the new model E 420 CDI by Mercedes Benz. The 314 hp powerplant accelerate from 0 to 52mph in 6.1 s. Combined fuel consumption is 25.3 mpg. Can we will say American car companies suck?

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The Colorman said...

Awwwww....