[ExI] Air-powered cars
kevin.l.holmes at gmail.com
Fri Jun 6 04:23:41 UTC 2008
On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 7:22 PM, Keith Henson <hkeithhenson at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 6/5/08, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> > Whenever one looks at the alternative means of hauling apes, one always
> > comes away with a new respect for good old gasoline.
> So what do we need for carbon neutral synthetic gasoline?
> At a recent conference a guy had worked out the numbers to suck carbon
> dioxide out of the air and combine it with hydrogen in a reverse
> combustion industrial operation.
That's an interesting idea, but how exactly is this done?
But I agree with the premise: gasoline is far more energy dense than
electric batteries will ever be. This really hit home when I was reading
about the proposed specs of the upcoming Chevrolet Volt. It's 16 kWh
battery, when fully charged, gives it a 40 mile range. But it has a
gasoline "range extender" that does nothing but recharge the battery,
attaining a range of 640 miles.
It's an excellent step, I think, which is what is going to be needed in an
energy-scarce world, so that people can choose which way they want to fuel
their cars based on existing prices. Right now, electricity is cheaper than
gasoline per mile, but with a large number of electric vehicles on the road
the price of electricity might go up. Ah well, no such thing as a free
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