Monday, June 29, 2009

Hybrid Runs on Anything?

Dean Kamen developing eco hybrid that will run on anything that burns

Dean Kamen – the multimillionaire inventor behind the Segway personal transporter – is well down the road in the development of a new bike that combines electric power and a radical generator which will allow it to burn almost any fuel. Although the majority of the work that goes on in Kamen's product development company, Deka, is shrouded in mystery, as it includes significant projects for the US military, details are emerging about Kamen's new two-wheeler, which is part of a project that also includes a car designed around the same technology. Read More

May 26th, 2009

Hydrogen fuel cell cars hit the road. GM hits panic button.

Posted by Harry Fuller @ 10:16 pm

An eighteen hundred mile demo tour has begun. Hydrogen powered cars will wend across North America for days, having left from Chula Vista today. The run ends June 3 in Vancouver. Here’s the official website for Hydrogen Road Tour 2009. The site includes a map of the route up the Pacific Coast and even GPS real-time tracking.

Among the car manufacturers participating is Daimler. A-Class F-CELL is the designation Daimler gives to the thirty cars now operating in Michigan and California. These vehicles were launched in 2004. Daimler is expecting to launch next generation B-Class fuel cell cars soon.
The Daimler F-Cell.
Other fuel cell cars in the caravan were made by GM, Honda, Hyundai, KIA, Nissan, Toyota and VW. GM, of course, is about to declare bankruptcy. VW meanwhile is going to work with a Chinese battery company partially owned by Warren Buffett. VW’s interested in building more electric and hybrid vehicles. And VW is NOT in any apparent danger of going bankrupt as it is partially owned by a German state government.

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