Being a retired automotive engineer, previously employed by a local truck manufacturer, I have enough experience and education to feel comfortable with my opinions, although I have to admit I HAVEN'T done the math on this compressed air car.
I checked out the ZPM site, specifically, http://zeropollutionmotors.us/?page_id=64. It's basically horsepucky- the diagram on that page is meaningless. It's the graphical equivalent of, "Well, stuff goes in here, and other stuff comes out here, and, well, everything really works good." I've worked w/ pneumatic equipment and I know that compressors are very inefficient, air motors are very inefficient and big high pressure air tanks are very heavy, and to work in this application, would have to be very well insulated. Not really a recipe for efficiency, safety or zero pollution.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to defend American automotive engineers, although not necessarily their employers. Believe it or not, we're not all a bunch of craven, bought-off, dull, uneducated idiots. Turn us loose and we can do wonders, just like the Japanese, Indian, German and Chinese automotive engineers. Unfortunately, management has often asked American engineers to focus on heated cupholders, power sliding doors and various Hummer wannabes. And in the opinion of many knowledgeable people, we have created many cars that are world class in quality, durability, low pollution, styling- you name it.
To quote the engineers who designed GM's EV1, ya gotta realize this IS rocket science- Ronald Reagan already answered all the easy questions- we're left with the hard ones now. It's not easy to design a car that's less polluting than the ones we have now and no one- I repeat, NO ONE- is going to do it in her garage. Do people really not believe that Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and VW are in a battle to the death? Do they not understand that every auto company on the planet is fighting for its life? And, of course, that, mostly because of mismanagement and foolish government policy, US companies are losing that battle?
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