Tuesday, January 15, 2008

You're Full of Air

A friend of mine had seen a program on futuristic cars. One of them was a car that ran on air. I know, sounds like science fiction. Actually, it runs on compressed air. Here’s essentially how the conversation went

VE: “Compressed air eh? How fast can it go?”
Friend: “Like 100mph!”

VE: “Yeah, for what, 200 yards?”
Friend: “Great for city commuting”

VE: “Sure. They bolt to every red light and then run out and pump up the engine…”
Friend: “Actually, I think they go for 120 miles without a refill”

VE: “Hey, how about they just suck in the air while they’re driving and compress that?”

Friend: “What if they suck in a bird or somebody’s hair?”

VE: “Easy, you put an anti-sucking filter on it.”
Friend: “Yeah, good idea. It’s a great idea because the car emits only air.”

VE: “Hey, and while they’re at it, perhaps they could put one of those air fresheners in so the air smells lemony while you drive…”
Friend: “Oh brother”

VE: “You know….hey, here comes Sandra; I can smell her Jasmine freshener from a block away…”

But seriously, the technology exists (well, until the oil guys strangle it) and you should buy one now while the air compressors at the gas stations are still cheap.
They are talking about a hybrid version that will go from Los Angeles to New York without having to stop for refuel.
I know, I know...don't be getting all over me about what energy is used to compress the air in the first place. How about solar? And yes, you can charge it at home and it's not that much electricity to do so. I don't know how you get air conditioning/heat but I'm sure there are methods. Just watch the video special on it...it's pretty cool.

Here’s the link to the video: Watch here

22 comments:

Kanrei said...

I came up with this idea for a car. You first eat six cans of franks and beans. You then take the specially designed hose and insert it into your arse. Position your car atop a big hill and you are off. To stop, use a wall, curb, or small child.

Idea two- a zip-chord that is quickly pulled out from between two interlocking gears. Like an old child's toy.

Idea three- A spring loaded projector and rubberband attachment to your car. The spring would launch the car away from the home and the rubberband would guarentee a return trip.

Gledwood said...

that automobile you pictured at top: in 10 yrs time that will be the maximum allowable size of family vehicle across all US states as punishment for having guzzled up too much oil in times gone by ...

Gledwood said...

i have to say it does lok cute though

Shawna said...

I'm not sure if I'd fit in the damned thing. Ok, maybe me, but if anyone wants a ride, they're on the roof!

Theresa said...

So, can an average adult actually fit inside that car without having their knees up to their chin? But if it works and it's cheap, then cool.

VE said...

kan - Hmmm...that first idea would still be exhausting methane...not a green solution there (not to mention the smell). I like the zip lock; that could be a good commuter idea but what's to stop me from zip chording that nice Ferrari over there... That last one...better be a straight line to work ;)

gledwood - Welcome. Yeah, it's going to be fun putting all the camping stuff and the entire family into that!

shawna - In Texas, I might want to ride on the roof!

theresa - Who cares if you can actually fit into it. IT RUNS ON AIR!!! How cool is that? Ok, I suppose I would care if I had to hang my butt out while I drive...

Kanrei said...

but what's to stop me from zip chording that nice Ferrari over there

Guilt? The grooves on the zip chord? Moral compass?

And farts are natural so the bean car is a green idea =P

Chelle B. said...

I run on air, so that car seems to be a great match for me!! :p

Nessa said...

Of course, Kanrei beat me to it.

iamnot said...

Nuclear power is the answer.
Then you can store the energy in the car any darn way you please.
Air, hydrogen, batteries...heck, they're all just batteries of a sort.

Kurt said...

It seems brilliant to me. It takes energy to compress the air, but it can be done in huge volumes, so it is more efficient, and there is no loss of pressure when transferring it to the cars. Sign me up (you are doing signups, right?)

Camille Alexa said...

In the picture, that car looks made of cellophane. Is it?

Serena Joy said...

Hmmm. I just don't know about that. I mean, it looks like a toy. The concept makes sense, and we ARE running out of fuel, but there's something about the sleek lines of, say, a Porsche.

P.S. - I am not riding with Kanrei.:)

VE said...

kan - Actually, cows are a signficant problem with their farts and the methane produced. Hey, you have a moral compass? I could have used that in my earlier years around college time...I seemed to have gotten lost for awhile.

chelle - Personally I can only run on the ground...levitation has eluded me so far.

nessa - Yeah, he's quick...

iamnot - Errr...I hope I'm nowhere near you if you ever get in an accident with your nuclear car...

kurt - Real men don't do signups. We simply present lofty ideas and leave the details muddled. That way we're not accountable for anything!

camille - Cellophane was just so clingy to work with. They opted to use tupperware...

sj - Ok, if Porsche makes an air car your in then, right? You're probably right about riding with Kan...I mean he sticks his hand in a toaster over of all things...you never can be too safe

Serena Joy said...

Sure, I'd be in for a Porsche air car.:)
Poor Kan.:-)

Kelley said...

The Fart Car.

So instead of an ignition their is a finger with the sign above 'Pull Me"

The ultimate in boy humour.

Matt-Man said...

Cool. I want to find a car that runs on cynicism and sarcasm. I'd get unlimited mileage. Cheers!!

VE said...

kelley - Hah! I like the pull the finger feature...too funny.

matt-man - Careful there; that car might have too much power!

the frogster said...

I think that once your car is so small you can actually pick it up and dust underneath it, you might as well just switch to a bicycle.

VE said...

frogster - Don't worry..as long as there is a way man will always find some way to not exercise; the car will still have a future.

Jeff said...

At first I thought you were showing a picture of an inflatable car. Which of course would go well with your inflatable date.

VE said...

jeff - That is true...but don't talk too much about my inflatable date; she gets the wind knocked out of her so easily...