Now this a new concept coming all the way from India. A little background on cow dung aka cow pies, its the manure gotten from the cow which is shaped as pie, three stripes (finger imprints lengthwise, note: not the same as adidas) on the top of them. These are then layed out to dry and bake in the Indian summer. If you are ever traveling around rural India you will find cow pies slapped on walls along the road and sidewalks. This is the poor man’s fuel. People in rural areas in India have been using dried cow dung as a fuel for ages. Its generally used in clay ovens as a cooking medium. Now cow manure gives offf methane which can be used to power pretty much anything. There is a car that runs on cow pies. It’s fast, the fuel is cheap and the vehicle smells nothing like the dairy that produces the gas in its tank.
The Viking 32 is one such methane driven concept car being entered at the Tour de Sol at the Saratoga Automobile Museum Auto Show in Saratoga Spa State Park. “Fledge”, a one person hybrid designed and developed by seven Delhi College of Engineering students, which gives 60 miles on a single charge is another entrant at the show from India.
Cow pie or methane powered vehicles will definitely work in countries such as India, because due to the rapid economic growth of the country, India’s fuel resources cannot keep up witht the demand. Currently only the affluent in India can own a car, and they make up a very small demographic. For even these people to own a hybrid vehicle such as the Prius (USD24,000 converts to over Indian Rupees 1million). So I wish those students from India and all the other entrants all the best in the contest and hopefully someday we will see greener cars in Indian cities. Hint: Combine the cheap hybrid with a methane powered engine.
Source: Racing for a better way to power cars
The Mazda RX8 Hydro Rotary engine car is on display at the New York Auto Show. Once I find some engine and performance specifications I will post them here.
I tried to get some pictures of the Saab 9-3 E100 concept from the Stockholm Motor Show. So I decided to go onto the official site for the Stockholm Motor Show and the site really sucks, check it out for yourself. This show comes around once ever three years, its claims to be the biggest motor show in Scandanavia and it plans on attracting over 200,000 people over th next 9 days, and I could not find one decent picture of the cars on display. Wonder if any photographers are covering this event, so people if you are reading this and you happend to own a camera and are in Stockholm and plan on going to the motor show, please take some pictures for me and then post them. Cheers.
In the mean time here are some pictures of the Saab 9-3 Biopower hybrid.
Today the Stockholm Motor Show opened and Saab premiered its Biopowered Hybrid Concept. The Saab 9-3 convertible concept is the first of it kind, especially the fact that it runs on 100% Bioethanol, hence CO2 emissions are zero. The Stockholm Motor Show runs from 30 March – 9 April. For more information, check out Saab 9-3: Worlds First fossil-fuel free hybrid vehicle.
Concept car designers need to move away from the boxy looking cars. I would love to drive a car that runs of an electric motor and does not pollute the environment as much, but I do not see myself in a box. Its time the designers started thinking outside of the box.
For more pics click on Mitsubishi EZ-MIEV
Bollore Group of France, which is mainly a French battery company has come up with an electric car named “Blue Car”. Designed by Philippe Guedon and is claimed to go 0 to 60 kmph (37 mph) in 6.3 seconds and has a range of 250 km (155 miles) on a single battery charge, with a top speed of 120 kmph (75 mph). Now all this varies on road and weather conditions, so take note. Blue car uses lithium-metal-polymer battery technology which takes about 6 hours to recharge.
The draw backs:
- You are limited to a travel radius of 155 miles.
- Limited pickup speed.
- Holds only three passengers (incld. driver) in its three front row seats.
The only advantage I see at this point it that this car has zero emissions and that over time the battery has more development potential.
This is something car companies should definitely research. Mitsubishi Motors has developed a car interior which uses materials such as bamboo fiber and plant based resin, polybutylene succinate (PBS). This definitely helps reduce CO2 emissions and are dependence on plastics. We do need fuel efficient vehicles but we also need a car that is made out of materials that can be recycled and are renewable.