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Honda Air: The Compressed-Air Sportscar at LA Auto Show's Design Challenge

Honda Air black 300x207 Honda Air: The Compressed Air Sportscar at LA Auto Show's Design Challenge Honda, aside from making their cars good shapes, participates to design challenges like that from the LA Auto Show, presenting their compressed-air Honda Air.

Weighing under 454 kilos (1,000 lbs), the Honda Air is run by a compressed air motor, with the energy held inside compressed air in pressurized tanks. It’s “programmed” to have an autonomy of around 100 miles and has a pneumatic regulator system.

Concepts I never saw in a car like turbo-vacuums and the usage of external air flow to regenerate the tank pressure (probably during braking) contribute to the 100 miles of driving. The car won’t have specialized tanks placed beneath the driver. The chassis will play the role of a tank, fact which reduced the overall weight.

The preoccupation for greenness has led Honda to build the body panels from vegetable-based polymers. Hubless wheels and drive systems, glass reinforced seating panels and tires from urethane and also skeletal sub-frame components also reduce the car’s weight and give significant power savings.

The best part about driving a compressed-air car is that you don’t need special fillers and gas stations; the nearest tire repair shop is good, as is the air compressor Honda provides the car with. Nice, isn’t it?

There have been several models powered by compressed air in the past, with very ingenious engines, but they failed due to a number of reasons, among which was the body weight that led to inefficiency. Let’s hope Honda’s experience and engineers will make air cars possible.

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Ovidiu has always been a fan of technology and Captain Planet. Unable to ignore the technical possibilities that exist nowadays, he started collecting and blogging about the most interesting news out there and saw that there were a lot of people interested in the same that stuff he was.


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5 comments
rohit
rohit

please give information hw to drive four stroke engine by using compressor

John Shanton
John Shanton

Way to go Honda! Air power is the future. Now, tweak the body style of the AIR a little so it looks less insect-like and you will have a winner. No hot air here!

joe
joe

A 4 stage compressor/quadruple expansion engine that deposits the heat of compression into an insulated tank of paraffin while it is charging, then re-absorbs this heat when the engine is running can be as energy efficient with electricity as batteries. It can also use the waste heat (exhaust and radiator) from a small gasoline engine to boost the energy and power of compressed air. This could work well in a rechargeable hybrid car. The compressor/engine can be cooled/heated by standard auto water-antifreeze solution depositing/withdrawing heat from the paraffin tank, and everything can be heavily insulated to retain the heat. This could also be used in combination with electric batteries to keep them at good operating temperature. Solar flat plate collectors on the roof of the car can also produce heat for the paraffin tank.

joe
joe

A 4 stage compressor/quadruple expansion engine that deposits the heat of compression into an insulated tank of paraffin while it is charging, then re-absorbs this heat when the engine is running can be as energy efficient with electricity as batteries. It can also use the waste heat (exhaust and radiator) from a small gasoline engine to boost the energy and power of compressed air. This could work well in a rechargeable hybrid car. The compressor/engine can be cooled/heated by standard auto water-antifreeze solution depositing/withdrawing heat from the paraffin tank, and everything can be heavily insulated to retain the heat. This could also be used in combination with electric batteries to keep them at good operating temperature.

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