[ExI] cure for global warming

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Tue Dec 28 09:59:56 UTC 2010

On Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 3:31 AM, spike  wrote:
> But if we give up one or more of these notions, we can imagine superlights
> which get crazy good fuel economy.  But they really don't do it all.  We can
> imagine an ape hauler that will keep us dry, even if not necessarily warm,
> doesn't require a helmet even if we are not necessarily safe, will get us
> there even if not with great alacrity.
> If we accept these conditions, good old internal combustion might not be
> such a bad deal at all, single cylinder, mature technology, very light
> (weighing in at less than a typical street motorcycle) arbitrarily long
> range using the existing gasoline distribution infrastructure.  I am
> imagining three wheels, two forward, one aft, such as this rig, only
> smaller:

In Europe and Japan, car manufacturers are already producing city cars
with three-cylinder engines in an attempt to get increased fuel
economy without too much reduction in performance. Even though they
are regarded as 'city ' cars, they all have top speeds around 90 -100
mph, so they are happy on the freeway as well. Of course, the motorway
experience is a bit noisier than being in an V8 limousine.

Some manufacturers are also trying adding turbo-charging to the
smaller engines to see if they can get increased fuel economy *and*
increased power, without running into reliability problems.


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