posted on Jan, 4 2008 @ 03:40 PM
It certainly seems to be a clean alternative, and it is ideal for France or any other nation where most electricity is generated by fission or hydro.
But.... the energy required to propel a car is fairly constant, so whether you're using the energy to compress air and then release the energy as the
air is decompressed, or you use the energy stored in hydrocarbon fuel, you end up using roughly the same amount of energy.
I'd be interested to see where most of the efficiency of this vehicle derives from, the air driven motor, or the small and light wieght design of the
Also, the calculation of the referenced cost of the air (1.5 euro) to fill the tank is unclear to me. Is that the current price of electricity
required to compress the volume air needed to fill the vehicles tank?
edit to add:
I like the idea of clean motoring, but I'm certain that the US could not come close to providing the electricity needed to compress enough air equal
the energy content of all the motor fuel consumed on an anual basis.
Plus... to expand the power generating capacity to accomodate all these compressors would simply add more emissions in the form of power plant
emissions, unless the new plants are nuclear.
In general, this air driven vehicle is a good, forward thinking idea, and I'm certain that hydrocarbon driven personal vehicles will be novelties
within 60-70 years, but I think the replacements will be fuel-cell driven or electric, and the electricity will need to be generated by very clean
coal plants or nuclear plants.
[edit on 1/4/2008 by darkbluesky]