View Full Version : The Next Great Gas-Saving Idea

06-15-2006, 10:19 AM
Cars that run on air. Shock absorbers that store energy. Miracle gas additives. What will be the next great gas saving technology?

Volatilityin gas prices. Concerns over energy security. Worries about climate change. Most drivers see nothing but heartache, but a few enterprising companies and individuals see big opportunities to help car owners get relief—and maybe even usher in a post-petroleum era. It's hard to determine the veracity of claims about big breakthroughs in technology—such as AFS Trinity Power Corporation's recent patent application for an "Extreme Hybrid" that gets 250 miles to a gallon or Accelerated Composite's three-wheeled parallel hybrid promising more than 330 mpgs.

Will any of these "extreme" technologies pan out? Michael Duoba, research engineer at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, explains that even the best ideas might not ever see the light of day. "People who follow hybrid trends may remember Amory Lovins and his “hypercar”concept promising a 3 to 5 fold increase in fuel economy," said Duoba. "If the case were made that it could be built profitably, then market forces would have made it happen by now."

The dismal odds of finding a significant new market for a gas-saving invention haven't stopped independent engineers and designers from giving it a shot. We've been keeping a file on inventors and their fuel-sipping emission-reducing ideas. Are any of them the big breakthrough we need to break our addiction to oil? We asked our technical advisors for a reality check.


06-15-2006, 10:34 AM
air huh, that would be interesting and alot cheeper

06-15-2006, 10:57 AM
to bad it will never happen. The Gas mogul wont allow it.

06-15-2006, 01:34 PM
Sorry, no magic bullet. :chuckle:

06-15-2006, 01:36 PM
I love this idea we could just walk everywhere.