Posted by Frank on June 5, 2009, 5:43 pm
Day Brown wrote:
I love the idea. The environmentalist's would not know whether to shit
of go blind ;)
Posted by Richard W. on June 6, 2009, 5:31 pm
Flash boilers are the best way to go for cars. They are smaller and are
ready to go in about a minute. I forget off hand the name of the car that
driven in the 60's just to show it could be done. Here are some links to the
Doble steam car.
Posted by harry on June 6, 2009, 7:29 pm
The real problem with electric cars in the North is that batteries
don't like the cold and won't function at all if it's very cold. All
chemical reactions go slower as it gets colder. And of course the
additional drain caused by ancillaries, as someone mentioned.
Bolivia BTW has most of the world's supply of lithium, which it seems
is going to be the battery of the future.
Posted by Day Brown on June 6, 2009, 9:08 pm
But if you had a steam hybrid, the waste heat from the boiler could warm
the batteries. And if the front wheels were electric driven and rear on
steam, then you'd have 4WD available in snow or mud, or if extra power
is needed for a hill, but the front motors could recover braking energy.
And if either system broke down, the other would still be able to get
you off the freeway to avoid towing charges.
I'm kinda puzzled why it aint already been done. Since external
combustion can be gonzo cleaner, you'd think greens would be all over
it. Since it'd even burn wood or coal, you think survivalists would be
tinkering with it. Since investment plans have crapped out, you'd think
entrepreneurs would be pushing a new technology.
Posted by Jim Wilkins on June 7, 2009, 1:14 am
Bill Lear also tried and failed to develop a practical one.