Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Drew asks: Would be interested to hear your take on the aluminum air fuel cell described in this Daily Mail article. Real or vapor Ware?
My reply: I take all such stories with a bucket of salt, having been at this going on 30 years and having lost track of all the “breakthroughs” promised which never materialized. Keep in mind that even what works in a lab may not work – or rather, be economically or functionally viable – in the real world. A good example of this being . . . fuel cells. These absolutely do work. But they are finicky and expensive and – to date, so far as I am aware – no one has figured out how to make them suitable for use in mass-produced cars that average people can afford that will last the 15-20 years almost any IC car will reliably last assuming it’s not horribly abused.
The deeper issue here – as I see it – is simply: What accounts for the literally frantic pushing of “alternatives” to something that works better than all of them? IC engines have been honed to the point that they are essentially emissions-free (I refuse to consider carbon dioxide an “emission”) in terms of harmful things (i.e., not carbon dioxide) and they are incredibly reliable and affordable. If you were to take away the totally unjustifiable government edicts pertaining to sssssssssaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety, it would be possible, easily possible, to build and sell a basic IC-powered commuter car that averaged 60 MPG, with AC and power windows, locks, etc. – for less than $10,000.
No EeeeeeVeeee can compete with that, of course – because no EeeeeeeeVeeeee can compete with the available $20k IC cars we’re still allowed to buy.
The whole thing is an epic fatuity. It makes my teeth ache.
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