Engines, air and electricity ...
The development (should I say "fight"?) Of the air engine is very similar to that of the water injection ( see this page ): A simple and effective concept without the means of development it deserves ...
An optimistic view
On our website we have already proposed a survey of the French company MDI, which décarcasse to market shortly a car powered by an air motor. Of course, all this is happening without the support of public authorities and the media in their pay.
For the record, the principle is simple: it compresses the air in bottles and is then passed through a piston engine specially adapted. With this method we reach to roll a vehicle on 120 300 km km full air to € 1,5. The concept is not new since the early twentieth century, Nantes tram traveled tens of thousands of kilometers with this process.
If Guy Negro, the designer of the French model opted for 100% Air models, Koreans meanwhile have chosen a hybrid solution compressed air / electric motor. The peculiarity of their air motor is that it can operate under water without any problem. Their company is called Energine. She is ready for more than a year to market its model that works wonders.
But then, she can not afford to build and is content only to ensure the development of its engine. It's been more than two years she waits in vain for an industrial manifests to launch mass production.
Really, this is all very strange ... On the one hand, politicians around the world who lament like what it must find ways to reduce air pollution and other forward-thinking companies that offer solutions without heard. Is it a coincidence? No ! The oil lobby and its derivatives is not for nothing. Besides those classic automobile sector who see a dim arrive on the market for small structures that have patents they do not want to yield. And for good reason ... The market is huge! This is a real technological revolution. Only the consumer can make or not it occurs. Provided, however, that it becomes "consume-actor".
The game is well worth the effort. Imagine for a moment our cities and countryside freed from pollution ... For it must be said, not only the air car does not pollute, but also, thanks to its filtering system, it cleans in rolling.
Note also that other engineers (US) have been working on this process, and, somehow, split the two. That is, they have created a device that compresses the air when you brake. This stored energy at low cost, especially in urban space can then be used when you're on the road. The problem is that when there are no more air into the cylinders, an engine automatically takes over. Needless to deliver the back of my mind ... Why piss off with an engine while it is possible to do without?
And this is where all the problems raised by this issue. What is expected to put our old polluting hyper bagnoles for clunkers? Because all this is not a joke, nor sensationalist two euros is the real info! When we see the achievements that have managed to accomplish the engine engineers who tirelessly continue to improve engine performance compressed air, the first thing that comes to mind is to say, "but what that it would be if given real resources to these people! ".
As stated so well the formula of Guy Negro: M × T = constant ... (M = Money and T = Time). That's the crux of the problem! Few resources, reduced staff, in a media ... All this makes it a must own faith to move mountains to persist on this path.
All I can say is that I had the chance to visit MDI plant located next to Nice and to speak with Guy Negro. I came out with the vivid sensation that the world is wrong - if not backwards. When we see initiatives like this, which go in the direction of the common welfare and that nothing moves around, it's disgusting! So yes indeed, I have not been in Korea for testing the Korean model, but I have read all the reports relating thereto. It actually works. Moreover, she was present at the last auto show in Paris and many journalists have been able to try. In the end, how many articles? How many stories? Nothing, nothing, nada ... And yet the topic is well worth a visit - it is far more interesting than the potters of our regions for information for TF1. Should we see the influence of some large advertisers / polluters who used their financial veto? Another issue that deserves to be asked.
So yes, it's true, I push the nail again and again ... But it's for you to become aware of the importance of the issue. If mediars do not want to relay this info, after all, it's their right. But now you know. And you, you are a media like the others on your scale. First, document yourself. At the end of this article you will find the links you need to become a real expert on the subject. Then talk about it around you. And even better: Activate! Be a citizen! Demand common sense! Talk about it on a forum, it makes things happen, print a flyer too (econology for example?) ... It's still not you that I will learn how to do a good action. You just have to move a little, then you will say thank you.
A pessimistic view
And here is the reaction of a regular econologist, opinion that I share in part because it is since 1996 that we hear "Marketing at the end of the year."
But the judicious question is: where would the "business" be with greater means of development?
Ah, the air motor ... huge topic of debate.
To my knowledge, for a vehicle to be allowed to ride, he must pass a battery of tests conducted by independent laboratories before undergoing the control department of Mines of the DRIRE.
Upon inquiry, the ADEME (Agency for Environment and Energy Management, which manages the technical approval of electric vehicles) was never able to test or test 1 only vehicle of Mr. Negro. The head of the Department of Transport Technology, Mr. Coroller, even claiming that ADEME was willing to finance part of the tests if necessary. Tel (from the website): 04 93 95 79 00
UTAC (Union Technique de l'Automobile, cycle and motorcycle, independent lab responsible for conducting the test benches measures) could never not have a vehicle to 3 weeks (approximate duration of the tests) . Contact: Mr. MARDUEL in charge of regulation, testing and certification. Tel (from the website): 01 69 80 17 30
As for the specialized press, one could read in 1999 "novelty of the car show, the car of tomorrow" then qq time after "unfortunately, no news of the compressed air car ..." and the story continues every year .
Note the terms used by the articles: the specialized press speaks conditional, we report the words of the inventor "According to Mr. Negro ...", and the support speeches are like propaganda "without support from the authorities (Which public authority? ADEME? The DRIRE? The ministry? What person? What official answer?)
I think there is a big difference between bringing 1 1 to prototype demonstration qq km to reporters and present serious 1 approval file.
Those who claim that this vehicle running shows an approval report by an independent lab or a letter from an official who refuses testing and concrete and precise references if not, we stop to propagate the idea this vehicle is great, but everyone is against ...
Yours. Mr. RAVEL