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From: Lahcim Leinad4/21/2012 9:19:48 AM
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The Chinese built a car powered by the wind, goes up to 140 km / hInnovation has no limits.

With the invention of interesting progressive farmer came to China Tang Zheng-Ping, who designed a special car driven by, among other things and wind energy.Curious is that this vehicle can travel at speeds up to 140 km / h.

Tang Zheng-Ping of Beijing spent three months creating bizarre-looking machine, which is a meter high and three meters long.Although the car runs on batteries, but also has a power generator and a special "fan" on the front of the vehicle together with the solar "wings" to be more alternative drives.

The Chinese claim that his car engine is more powerful than those used by standard elektrovozidla. Thanks also to alternative drives a car ride lasts longer than a purely electrical counterparts. Two sets of generators and batteries while driving is alternate.

"Fan and wings provide extra energy when the car is in motion. I recharge batteries every two to three days," said Zheng-Ping.



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Tang Zheng-Ping in his vehicle.
PHOTO: Isifa

Kyncl James, News
From: Google Translate

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To: Lahcim Leinad who wrote (2473)4/21/2012 2:52:39 PM
From: Greg from Edmonton
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April Fools was earlier this month. Car built on the principles of a perpetual motion machine? The guy may have built the car himself but has no clue about the laws of thermodynamics, he should remove the ridiculous wings and fan, the batteries would last longer and the car would be lighter. Aside from the fan and wings, the next most hilarious item on the car are the large mirrors with the aerodynamics of a barn door. The article must be a joke, the car obviously is.

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To: Greg from Edmonton who wrote (2474)4/21/2012 2:55:05 PM
From: Lahcim Leinad
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I know, but still... HowStuffWorks "How the Air Car Works"

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To: Lahcim Leinad who wrote (2475)4/21/2012 5:59:21 PM
From: Greg from Edmonton
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In your example the air car is powered by compressed air as its fuel. Said air may be free but must be first compressed using electricity (ultimately generated by either coal-fired, hydroelectric, nuclear, or possibly solar power). So it's not unlike an electric car except that the energy storage medium is compressed air rather than batteries.

The Chinese wind-powered car is different in that its builder explains how it works, thus revealing his ignorance of the laws of thermodynamics. The solar cells on the "wings" may help recharge the batteries somewhat but while the car is in motion, but the fan on the front most certainly will not.

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To: Greg from Edmonton who wrote (2476)4/21/2012 6:03:07 PM
From: Lahcim Leinad
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So, let's compress air, better.

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From: TimF4/21/2012 8:51:03 PM
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Congress to mandate “black box” on all cars after 2015?
Published April 19, 2012 | By Bruce McQuain

Yesterday I pointed to a piece of legislation that is in the House right now (after being passed by the Senate) which would give the IRS the power to confiscate your passport without judicial review and merely on the suspicion you owe a certain amount of back taxes.

Given the Orwellian name Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act or MAP-21, the legislation also mandates that all new cars have a “event data recorder” installed starting in 2015.

Now other than for government use, there are very few reasons why an owner of a vehicle would want such a device installed in his or her car.

The only reason an owner might want one was in case of an accident, it may provide some proof of their innocence in terms of fault. But we’ve become quite sophisticated in accident investigation already and seem quite capable of determining that now without the aid of an onboard “event data recorder”.

Section 31406 of Senate Bill 1813 (known as MAP-21), calls for “Mandatory Event Data Recorders” to be installed in all new automobiles and legislates for civil penalties to be imposed against individuals for failing to do so.

“Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part,” states the bill.

Nice.

Although the text of legislation states that such data would remain the property of the owner of the vehicle, the government would have the power to access it in a number of circumstances, including by court order, if the owner consents to make it available, and pursuant to an investigation or inspection conducted by the Secretary of Transportation.

And, one would assume, government access to such data would be expanded as government found additional reasons to want it. Not to mention the addition of new “recording” devices or the like which might be even more intrusive in the future (if they manage to get away with this). Like imposing a road use tax. How handy would such a device be to government then?

This sort of government intrusion bothers the heck out of me. Never mind that this mandate (along with new CAFÉ standards) will increase the cost of a new car, the real point is this is being done as something government desires, not the individual. There’s no hew and cry or demand for such a device now. This serves one constituency and one constituency only – government.

Additionally, it isn’t optional. You have no choice but to pay for one if you buy a new car. And you will most likely be prosecuted if you disable it.

These are the sorts of intrusions citizens ought to be fighting tooth and nail. It isn’t the job of government to mandate recording devices on private vehicles. If they want to have them installed on their vehicle fleets, that’s fine.

But not mine. Not without my consent and damn sure not as a mandate with legal consequences for non-compliance.

There are now two reasons MAP-21 should be shot down in the House.

~McQ

qando.net 

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To: TimF who wrote (2478)4/21/2012 9:26:53 PM
From: SI Ron (Hall Monitor)
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I don't recall the name, but cars for years had recorders in them for accidents. Accident investigators / engineers can tell all sorts of things from reading the data from the box. Wearing seat belt, were brakes applied, what speed, and a whole host of other details they can tell from these boxes.

I never had access to that data, but the accident engineers that the insurance companies used had access to it, and from what I was told, it would tell them piles of data from the device. This is going back about 6 years or more.

I have no problem with data recorders in cars.

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To: SI Ron (Hall Monitor) who wrote (2479)4/22/2012 7:58:24 PM
From: TimF
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I might have a bit of a problem, but probably not a major one. I'd have a larger problem with them being required by law.

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From: Lahcim Leinad4/26/2012 11:27:06 AM
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From: Lahcim Leinad4/26/2012 10:22:24 PM
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Hundreds of 5-year-old municipal vehicles found in Miami that were never used

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