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Compressed air power for new Peugeot Citroen: in pictures
French car giant Peugeot Citroen plans to launch a new kind of hybrid car – powered by compressed air. And this technical innovation isn’t just a load of hot air, the company promises; it hopes to launch a range of small cars powered by compressed air as early as 2016, wearing the Hybrid Air badge.
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Also, despite the constantly improving fuel efficiency of new cars, all the potential savings are being wiped out by the obscene hikes car insurance prices. Petrol and road tax are not going to get cheaper either.
Overall costs of car ownership are going up, not down.
And as someone else commented if cars with fuel economy of 140mpg become common the government would soon ramp up fuel tax to an even more ridiculous level to keep the revenue coming in.
So good for the environment, maybe.
Good for your finances....I doubt it.
Quite a few years ago there was a weekly programme on BBC TV called Tomorrows World. As the name suggests it looked at state-of-the-art inventions and discoveries. On one of these programmes there was a French inventor who built a working model of a car that ran only on compressed air. Then it disappeared. I guessed one of the car companies grabbed it and now we know who!
This isnt anything new..compressed air engines have been with us decades...and I`m not sure but I dont think their "storage" of energy is very good at all...a volume of 1 litre of petrol would supply the same energy as a volume of around 7 litres of battery space (which is way electric cars are crap) by comparison a compressed air tank would need a volume of 10 or 11 litres ???? That means a compressed air tank of 100 litres volume would only give the range of around 2 gallons of petrol ???
Cant see that the tank pictured would give any worth while range..its a con to get CO2 figures down in the " lab" tests...will be useless in real world..
I WILL NOT BUY A BOX OF MATCHES IF THEY ARE MADE IN FRANCE, THAT COUNTRY KICKS US IN THE TEETH CONTINUALLY, (EXCEPT OUR POLITICIANS CANNOT SEE IT)
ALL FRENCH CARS COST A MINIMUM 30% MORE THAN ANY OTHER CAR IN PART SERVICING AND LABOUR.
THEY SELL THEM CHEAP BUT PILE ON THE $ TO MAKE THERE MONEY THIS IS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. LIKE THEY DO WITH FIGHTER JETS TRAINS AND SHIPS SPARES FOR A MIRAGE JET ARE A TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR EVEN A SMALL ITEM.
AND BUYING A FRENCH CAR YOU ARE GIVING THEM A WAGE PACKET WHEN WE HAVE 5 MILLION BRITISH PEOPLE UNEMPLOYED.
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