Sunday, May 1, 2011
Cars of the Future
A team at the National Institute of Natural Sciences in Okazaki, Japan is working on a way to use a laser to replace the spark plug in motorized vehicles with internal combustion engines.
If successful, we may be driving with lasers in our cars rather than spark plugs and, in the process, may better fuel efficiency.
Spark plugs, which are electrical devices located in the cylinder head of some internal combustion engines, waste a bit of gasoline with each cycle of the cylinders as it ignites compressed fuels, such as gasoline.
However, lasers will eliminate that waste, giving us better miles per gallon (liter) with our cars.
The biggest hurdle with this new technology is placing a powerful laser into a very small volume and making sure it doesn’t impact the rest of the engine.
Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13160950
Technology is, as usual, on the move. Would you drive a more environmentally-friendly car if it cost you more money? Do you? What are some good ideas for cars of the future?
Posted by Eknan at 8:47 PM