Re: Those ingenious Frenchies "invent" the compressed air car...
Originally Posted by Tombstone
In Environmental biology I learned the concept about losing power when it changes form.
Take a gallon of gas and out it in your car how far will it go? Take a gallon of gas burn it at a electric plant to make electricity.... run your electric car on that electricity and go less than half as far. Feed grain to raise a cow or eat grain for many more days than a cow would hold out on your dinner plate?
Yep. Electric motors actually have very high efficiencies, but that is hammered by transmission losses etc. And let's not forget the pollution of lead and the mining (and of course energy) it takes to make all those batteries and replace them...
Pneumatic motors are somewhat less efficient. I don't know why this is "better" than an electric car, but I'd guess because it's cheaper.
Anyone know if the hybrid Hondas actually help the environment? I hear they get killer mileage.
Honda's hybrid technology is mediocre at best. Toyota's on the other hand is outstanding.
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