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BRITISH INVENTOR UNVEILS 8000 MPG CAR

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The article below was recently sent to a Green Party list. Admittedly, the prospect of being able to drive a car around town that takes only tiny nips at fuel is an appealing thought. On the other hand, this is clear evidence of many people's, even those you would think would know better, fasination with technological fixes for the energy "crisis."

The technology enabling the 8000 mpg car is nothing too surprising taking advantage of incremental improvements in engine, material, and aerodynamic design. The near-term direct applicability of any of this to the passenger auto market is going to be near zero, though. The conditions of the competition should be a clue where the vehicles are required to maintain a minimum average speed of 15 mph over 5 or 10 miles.

This isn't to say that events like TeamGreen do not have value. They offer exciting arenas to push the envelope with engineering creativity and technology. It is a concern, however, if the general public expects this same level of technology to be available to fix the problems with global warming, energy availability, and other miscellaneous environmental and social impacts. Disproportionate focus and obsession with technical novelties can be a dangerous distraction from real solutions.

Darrell Gerber

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BRITISH INVENTOR UNVEILS 8000 MPG CAR
By Julie Farby
AHN
May 12, 2006
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7003538016
LONDON, ENGLAND - A British inventor unveils the world's most fuel-efficient vehicle, a three-wheel ³TeamGreen² car capable of doing 8,000 miles to the gallon.
The 45-year-old inventor, Andy Green, from the University of Bath, built his budget eco-motor for just £2,000, and will be the sole British contenderfor the title of the world's most fuel-economic car in a global competition being held later this month.
It has taken Mr. Green more than two years to design and build the car, which will be the fourth eco-vehicle he has built. He holds the British record for fuel-efficiency, with 6,603 miles to the gallon in a previous car.
According to the report, the new vehicle is powered by a single cylinder four-stroke engine with a capacity of just 35cc and runs with a special management system incorporating fuel injection.
A spokesman for Bath University says, "Andy Green is keeping the spirit of the lone British inventor who takes on the world very much alive."
TeamGreen Website:
http://www.teamgreen.org.uk/