I received the following from a Blog reader :
- While the Muslims are busy fighting who is more "Islamic"..While Malaysians are busy fighting who is more racist..
- Engineers and scientists at Peugeot-Citroen are going to put "Car That Runs On Air" on the road in 2016. And the price is expected to be cheaper than the present hybrid car!
- I think Proton should just stick to contract manufacturing. I don't want to look down on them (& Malaysians in general) BUT technologywise I don't think we will even be able to play catch up.
- For one thing, our future youth are going to be English deficient which will limit their scope in acquiring scientific knowledge.
- With religious mumbo jumbo at school gaining momentum coupled with "complaining - whinier - subsidy" environment at home. We are doomed!
- No way we are going to come up with the latest breakthrough technology in anything!
- Well.. maybe we can in "halal" food ;p
Enclosed was a link to a new report in the Mail Online (?) newspaper about Peugeot-Citroen's latest hybrid car technology that runs on a three cylinder engine and compressed air storage tanks. The car can give 117 miles per gallon. Here is the news and a video :
- Coming soon, the car that runs on air: Peugeot Citroen unveil new 117mpg hybrid (and it's £1,000 cheaper than a Prius)
- Peugeot Citroen invents technology for air car ready for the market by 2016
- 'Hybrid Air' engine system runs on petrol and air, instead of electricity
- Company predicts 'Hybrid Air' to achieve 117 miles per gallon by 2020
- If you have ever grimaced at your petrol bill and dreamed of a car that runs on fresh air, your prayers are about to be answered.
- French car giant PSA Peugeot Citroen believes it can put an air-powered vehicle on the road by 2016.
- it will knock 45 per cent off fuel bills for an average motorist.
- when driving in cities costs could be slashed by as much as 80 per cent
- car will be running on air for four-fifths of the time.
- The system works by using a normal internal combustion engine, special hydraulics and an adapted gearbox along with compressed air cylinders that store and release energy. This enables it to run on petrol or air, or a combination of the two.
- The air compression system can re-use all the energy normally lost when slowing down and braking.
- The revolutionary new ‘Hybrid Air’ engine system – the first to combine petrol with compressed air – is a breakthrough for hybrid cars because expensive batteries will no longer be needed.
- Peugeot, which unveiled its prototype yesterday, envisages introducing it in smaller models such as the 208 at first.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2266632/Peugeot-Citroen-Coming-soon-car-runs-air.html#ixzz2IrgoHsgV
Here is the video :
Here is the video :
My comments : Well this is very interesting. This was bound to happen. Here is another bit of car news :
- US Dealer offers electric car for $69 a month
- Mitsubishi's i-MiEV won't be mistaken for a race car, but it has a 113 mpg-e efficiency rating. O'Brien Mitsubishi, a dealership in Mitsubishi's U.S. base of Normal, Ill., appears all out to change that. As caught by Autoblog Green, O'Brien has advertised a $69 a month, two-year lease of an i-MiEV before about $2,100 in fees, or a $169-a-month deal with the fees rolled in. As with all electric car leases, the dealership keeps the $7,500 federal tax credit that goes to the vehicle's buyer.
Here is the even more interesting news. At 117 mpg the car will consume 45% less petrol. Then over in the US the Mitsubishi EV will run at 112 miles per gallon equivalent. Thats another 45% savings in fuel bills.
In the US about 47% of oil consumption is burnt as fuel for automobiles (ballpark figure).
If all cars start giving 117 mpg, that oil consumption figure in the US will drop by 26% to about 21%. If the same figures can be applied to the whole world, it can also mean that world oil consumpion will drop 26%. World oil prices will also drop like a stone, maybe also by 26%.
Not only Proton will go bust but our national treasure Petronas will also have to close shop. Please do not be complacent or think that I am being alarmist. The age of oil is coming to an end.
Technology is changing. If Peugeot can produce a 117 mpg car, how long do you think it will be before Toyota or GM or VW come out with their 120 mpg car? You think Toyota, VW and GM are going to hide behind their APs, duties and taxes? Please wake up.
And then the Chinese will probably cut in with their even cheaper technologies or copycat products and probably manufacture a car that can give 150 mpg. Watch out.
Folks, we cannot build a national industrial resilience around the automobile industry anymore. This is just not going to happen. The automobile industry is no more a plain steel cutting and metal forging industry. That was in the 1980s.
The industry has now become a very, very complicated, very high technology industry that encompasses metallurgy, materials engineering, carbon composites, light weight alloys, extreme use of computerisation, software, sensor technology and miniature electronics inside the car.
All this is driven by innovation, new technology, free thinking and the huge sales volumes that are required to generate the money to fund all these technologies.
We just dont have all this here in Malaysia. Proton is really barking up the wrong tree. The tree has changed completely. We are wasting huge amounts of our national resources by protecting a local car industry that is just not going to survive. After almost 30 years our car industry has not even been able to survive on its own. Now the world automobile technology is moving ahead at lightspeed.
Hybrid technology, electric vehicles, gas fired and compressed air hybrid and dont know what else is coming over the horizon. 112 mpg, 117 mpg and better are surely on the way. We will not be able to match all these developments. Instead of trying to remake a Japanese car with four tyres, four doors and two airbags why not we refocus our limited resources on other technology strategies.
Let us open our doors 100% to all car manufacturers from around the world. Our kids will have jobs.