Wind powered cars

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The wind powered car is the car of the future which will convert wind power to electric energy which in turn moves the vehicle. An intake valve seated on the roof of the car will amass all the wind needed to power the car. The valve is connected to an alternator which converts the kinetic energy to electrical energy.

[edit] Why should I be aware of this?

There is already a move away from fuel-driven cars to hybrid and electric cars and wind power is fast-becoming the next big source of energy. There are efforts to improve the earth, cut carbon dioxide emissions, and save energy, and people are looking to take part in the alternative energy movement. Wind power is climbing to the top of the list because of its uncompetitive benefits. Wind power is the energy of the future because it is clean, economical, and can be harvested for future use.

[edit] All about wind powered cars

An environment friendly Formula AE car is being designed in California which will initially use a solar-powered battery to move, but later depend upon the airflow around it to power a turbine. It’s a two seater car whose solar-paneled bodywork can fully charge the battery in an hour and a half and takes less than four seconds accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. With a fully charged battery it is possible to cover more than 200 miles or to race around a track for at least an hour.

The airflow will be channeled over the car's body towards the turbine with the help of four strategically placed air intakes built discretely into the car's bodywork. Two of the intakes are in the front of the car and one on each side towards the rear.

[edit] Efficient engineering

The turbine itself is hidden within the car body and will be connected to an alternator which will increase the amount of electricity available to the car by 20 to 25 per cent. Efficient storage devices called ultra-capacitors will store this extra energy which will aid acceleration and prevent the solar-powered battery from being drained so quickly.

Ultra-thin solar paneling on the two-seater's bodywork will be able to fully charge the battery in just 1.5 hours. But a new prototype battery could see this time reduced to just six minutes.

[edit] Main features

  • The wind taken in by the intake of the car is enough to cool the motors and prevent them from overheating and thus increasing efficiency of the vehicle.
  • There is no stipulated time for charging the battery as wind power continually charges the battery bank There is a volt meter that tracks the flow of current to and from the battery bank.
  • There is vacuum braking system which derives its braking force from atmospheric pressure on the lower side of the piston of the vacuum brake cylinder while a vacuum is maintained.
  • The vacuum braking system of the car derives its braking force from atmospheric pressure on the lower side of the piston of the vacuum brake cylinder while a vacuum is maintained.
  • The intake of wind the car is enough to cool the motors and prevent them from overheating. This increases the efficiency of the vehicle.
  • Multiple motors are connected to the wheels to increase both propulsion and braking system.
  • The car has a single gear system which is identical to the automatic gear system

[edit] References:

  • HOW DOES A WIND POWERED CAR WORK?
  • A supercar that runs on wind energy
  • Supercar to use wind power to reach amazing speeds