Weird Ride Wednesday: Compressed Air Cars

The search for an alternative fuel source other than oil should leave no idea untested. Still, there are some ideas with more potential than others, and some alt-fuel concepts are just plain strange. Compressed air vehicles have been around for around 150 years, but the technology has never caught on with automakers. There’s a reason for that, and it’s called torque, or the lack thereof.

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Compressed-Air Hybrid Car Developed

PSA Peugeot Citroen developed an unusual type of hybrid. One which utilizes both compressed air and a gasoline engine to propel the car, unlike conventional hybrids which often use an electric motor and combustion engine in tandem to do so. This video shows how it works.

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Can Liquid Nitrogen Replace Gasoline?

In the race to develop an alternative to petroleum, no stone is going unturned. Some researchers and automakers are even looking into cars powered by compressed air. But a new development could make cars powered by liquid nitrogen feasible, powerful, and cheap to build and fuel. Sounds cool…heh.

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Green News Roundup: Monday, September 26th, 2011

I hope everyone had a good weekend. I spent my weekend eating deep fried foods at the local fair and getting one of my cars into emissions compliance. One of our writers, Charis Michelsen, spent her weekend at the EV Conversion Convention, and she’s provided us with detailed coverage of the event. Other top stories include a new compressed air car speed record, what EV companies to invest in, and Toyota’s disturbing new “Prius People” ad campaign.

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