CliffEdge wrote:Mike4 wrote:
There IS a slight problem with them though...
What on Earth could that be?
First you have to get combustion engines warm, then you have to stop them melting, then because they produce useable torque in a very limited range you have to have a gear box, then the fuel is produced with pollution all the way till it gets to the car & then yet more pollution as it’s burned with no ability to recover energy from braking so that goes to heat giving overall efficiencies in ideal conditions of 30%. Meanwhile the fuel is being relentlessly exhausted with millions of years of production being burned in centuries.
If anyone wanted to start from scratch now & presented a combustion engine idea to investors he/she would be laughed out of the room.
Combustion engines have an appropriate place in history books & museums.