Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 51802
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2022/06/25 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2008/11/3-4 [Transportation/Car, Transportation/Car/Hybrid] UID:51802 Activity:kinda low 50%like:51793
11/3    Here's a gas/diesel/biodiesel/ethanol/vegatable-oil + compressed-air
        hybrid, with plug-in capability:
        "Air Cars: A New Wind for America's Roads?" (
        - 60 miles at 35mph on one plug-in "recharge" alone.
        - 800 miles at freeway speed on one tank of gas/diesel/whatever alone
        \_ And of course it's ridiculously tiny and impractical.  Guess what,
           a tiny ass car like that with just a plain ol' gas engine would
           already get great mileage.
           \_ The Smart ForTwo doesn't get gas mileage anywhere close to this.
              In fact it doesn't even have better gas mileage than the Prius.
              \_ The Smart is bigger than this thing, can carry luggage, and
                 actually meets safety and performance standards.
                 "can be driven up to 70 km/hr" (43mph)
                 The car has 5.45 hp "maximum".  This is basically a golf cart.
2022/06/25 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

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Flash Place holder AIRPod - Media Release Running on Air... towards 100% Solar & Sustainable Lifestyles 9 October, 2008 Whizzing around town on a few cents per day, ie less than $2 per 100km, using green electricity without carting any heavy batteries? AIRPod Today in Nice, France, Motor Development International sa (MDI), unveiled theAIRPod, a revolutionary vehicle that achieves just that, moving people around town cleanly, elegantly, with ease and sustainably on less than $2/100km. The advanced transport and power generation engineering group MDI of Luxembourg and France is one of the two parent companies of IT MDI - Energy Ltd the other being IndraNet Technologies Ltd of New Zealand. "The AIRPod is great fun, there is no driving wheel - you run it with a joy stick", said Dr Louis Arnoux, Managing Director of IndraNet who took part in the unveiling. AIRPod Engine The AIRPod is powered with one small compressed air engine, and 2 alternators, one for each of the larger wheels (see specifications in right column). Using the joystick, the driver steers the AIRPod by controlling the power directed to each wheel. The AIRPod has a driving range of over 200 km per fill of compressed air and in the dual-fuel version, burning a small amount of second or third generation biofuel, its range extends to over 600km. Refill of the 175 litres compressed air composite carbon fibre bottle takes 12 minutes. "Traditional electric vehicles typically take 5 hours or more for a full recharge, and they cost about five times more than an AIRPod" stressed Guy Ngre, Managing Director of MDI, inventor and designer of the AIRPod. "Safety wise, MDI is producing the ultimate", said Dr Arnoux. When a crash is imminent the airbags inflate and absorb the kinetic energy of the crash outside the Pod. The Pod itself is made of composite materials that constitute a safe cell protecting the passengers". While substantially smaller than a Smart Car, for example, it can transport up to four passengers (instead of 2 only for the smallest of vehicles currently on the market). It can also be produced as a golf cart, a small utility vehicle for trades people, for couriers, or as an off road farm vehicle. AIRPods signing Mr Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, MP of the French Parliament, President of the Maritime Alps Regional Government and of the Nice Cte d'Azur Urban Area, formally launched the AIRPod and signed a Protocol Agreement with Mr Ngre for the supply of a fleet of utility AIRPods to the City of Nice. Eventually, MDI's aim is to establish in Nice and many other cities schemes emulating Paris' hugely successful Velib, the bicycle-sharing programme involving more than 10,600 bicycles that people can hop onto at some 750 stations all over the Capital City. 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IT MDI - Energy Ltd, the joint subsidiary IndraNet and MDI created in 2006, plans to showcase the AIRPod and the multi fuelled power generation technology in both Australia and New Zealand later this year and early in 2009. "We have already identified keen demand for off-road applications of the AIRPod in the thousands of units throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific", said Dr Arnoux, "this gives us time to get through the certification processes in Australia and New Zealand for on-road applications." IT MDI - Energy Ltd also plans to launch multi-fuelled point-of-use power generation units that are based on the same compressed gas technology used in the AIRPods. These units are being customised to produce lower cost power, air conditioning, hot water and recycle grey water, with over 60% estimated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. 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