The Logic Lifeline

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sign Me Up for an Air Car

Though the story claims we will never see this in the U.S., I say sign me up for an Air Car. This car runs on compressed air, goes up to 68 mph, drives up to 125 miles per "tank" and produces zero emissions. It is quite cheap costing just over $12K. It has a built in compressor that takes about 4 hours to fill the tank - about $2 of electricity. Not sure how loud it is filling.

The downside would be safety. It is described as an "all glue construction". You probably would not want to get in an accident with an SUV. Well it can't be much less safe than a mo-ped. I would ride the side streets to work for $2 a day to transport instead of the $8-10 I am paying now. Plus I would be really green.

Sorry folks for so little posting. Everything is insanely busy at work and home. I hope to ramp back up in 2-3 weeks. Until then maybe I will squeak out a post now and then.

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  • At 12:07 AM, Blogger SkyePuppy said…

    Can you imagine this thing on the Autobahn? The slightest miscalculation by the driver, and it's curtains.

  • At 5:03 PM, Blogger Malott said…

    You are forgiven for denying us your wisdom for so long... But it was so very painful...

    My brother lives in "The Villages " in Florida where everyone travels by golf-cart. Maybe the air-car could be used in all situations not requiring a speed above 30mph?

  • At 10:58 PM, Blogger Incognito said…

    No road trips I guess. That would be the downside.. and what if you have a long commute... you might not get home.

  • At 7:27 AM, Blogger LASunsett said…

    An air guitar is cheaper.

  • At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There's no such thing as a "Zero Emissions" vehicle. Even a bicycle has had energy and materials invested in building and maintaining it.

    The "Air Car" suffers from the same malady that electric "Zero Emissions" vehicles do - they don't go anywhere with zero emissions, they simply transfer the emissions somewhere else, presumably wherever the electricity is generated that ran the compressor that filled the tank of the car. Electricity production is some of the worst offenders as far as emissions go - no matter what you do, if it isn't a hydro-electric dam or geothermal power, it involves pretty horrendous environmental impact, whether through the soot from a coal plant or the toxic waste from a nuclear plant.

    I'm not saying we shouldn't be trying - just that we should stop calling these oddities "zero emissions".

  • At 8:50 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Anonymous - Good point.


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