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jbob357

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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:57:34 AM

In regular highway driving, the car uses the internal combustion engine alone. Ask for more power for acceleration or hills, and high-pressure air can be called upon for extra shove--the power of both engine and motor being fed through an epicyclic transmission, not dissimilar to that on a Prius.

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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:39:15 AM

Novel idea, but I hate to be the motorcyclist riding behind the car!
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remay
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 6:54:21 AM

Continue pursuing ALL forms of alternatives to fossil fuels!
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zachlCA
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:51:43 PM

Brilliant idea!!
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:53:54 PM

Size of the tanks.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 12:26:09 PM

Entropy always wins.
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BobBG
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:22:21 AM

I like the concept.
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coughlin
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:41:09 AM

WOW!
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:38:04 AM

Don't hold your breath. PSA expects to have the first running prototypes by 2016.
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skempton
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:55:43 AM

So the engine has to run an air compressor which will lessen its gas mileage.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:43:52 AM

Interesting concept.
Wish them luck.
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Evilmaddog
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:25:50 AM

$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:23:25 AM

Sounds too good to be true, but then I'm not an automotive engineer. Therefore, it sounds like expensive technology. Or it sounds like April Fools Day has arrived a little early.
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lcleveland
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:23:04 AM

ok
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Joeski1
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:15:43 AM

should work great in washington DC...

especially ifthey run on hot air
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:09:31 AM

May be a big hit
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:01:53 AM

Interesting idea
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bigt61
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:53:06 AM

"Nothing but another form of a supercharger along with more complexity to up the initial cost and the cost of maintenance and repairs."

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You could not be more incorrect. A supercharger is a belt driven device that saps horsepower and economy to force more air into the combustion chamber to make a bigger explosion and thus, more power. Great for power, not great for economy. This air hybrid has potential IMO as there is no battery that eventually needs replacing. A compressed air hydraulic motor should be maintenance free - just like the 34 year old air compressor in my garage still on it's original oil. Compressed air in general is very intriguing because you can also recharge the air tank by plugging it into a compressor when you get home. Batteries wear out, air tanks don't.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:50:54 AM

weird cars indeed
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:48:14 AM

So an improved supercharger?
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:44:19 AM

Nothing but another form of a supercharger along with more complexity to up the initial cost and the cost of maintenance and repairs.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:35:23 AM

Agree with el fr.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:17:07 AM

Sounds like a supercharger
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:00:18 AM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:53:06 AM

This sounded really good.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:46:09 AM

Now that was interesting, wonder how long it will take to get on the road.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:28:28 AM

Amazing engineering and creativity.

[Edited by: leeac at 1/24/2013 6:28:58 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:25:38 AM

Hope from France
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George0446
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:06:01 AM

This is a good one! We need more innovation like this. No expensive batteries to replace! Great idea!
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