Ed Speak

Motor Equipment News - - NEWS - John

One of the more-in­ter­est­ing sto­ries we’ve got for you this month is one about Peu­geot and its bid for sub-2L/100km fuel con­sump­tion (see page 5).

That’s noth­ing short of re­mark­able, and the way the en­gi­neers at­tempt it is by means of a three­cylin­der turbo petrol en­gine plus a com­pressed air mo­tor. The two can ei­ther work to­gether or separately, and the net re­sult is re­mark­able econ­omy. What’s more, it’s not far away – Peu­geot reck­ons it’ll have a car on sale in two years’ time.

The good thing about this tech­nol­ogy is that it doesn’t rely on elec­tric mo­tors, or bat­ter­ies, and emis­sions are ab­so­lutely zero when run­ning on air power alone (as you’d ex­pect).

The air sys­tem also takes up less space than an elec­tric hy­brid sys­tem, and weighs a lot less.

The good news is that non-elec­tric means less stress on our dwin­dling re­sources of rare earth metals to make elec­tric mo­tors, plus the huge waste in­volved in mak­ing the bat­ter­ies.

The bad news is that these ve­hi­cles are go­ing to need close at­ten­tion when they come in for ser­vic­ing or re­pair.

As if the en­gines them­selves aren’t com­pli­cated enough, the air sys­tem is go­ing to take some care­ful han­dling if you have to dis­man­tle any­thing. We all know how pow­er­ful com­pressed air can be if it’s sud­denly re­leased, and I would ex­pect there will be a num­ber of safe­guards built-in to the tech­nol­ogy to en­sure the safety of re­pair­ers.

On a to­tally dif­fer­ent topic, I’d like to thank all those who have wel­comed me aboard as edi­tor of Mo­tor Equip­ment News, as well as all those fine folk I’ve been able to meet on a one-on-one ba­sis.

It re­ally is great to work with good people, and makes it much eas­ier to look for­ward to my work­ing day – even when the sun is out, the sea is calm, and the fish are call­ing! call­ing !

All the best,

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