One of the great challenges facing the world this century is reducing air-pollution emitted by all vehicles. Eighty million new cars are produced annually, adding to city smog and health issues. Electric vehicles reduce emissions significantly, but their cost is over twice that of their petrol equivalents. Until this is overcome, only a niche market can afford them, making them a nice conversation piece, but irrelevant as a global green solution, and range anxiety is a constant problem.
The cost of electric cars (EV’s) is over twice that of a petrol equivalent, and need expensive battery replacement after 5 to 10 years and a fast-charging outlet.
EV’s give limited ranges of about 150km, causing range-anxiety, and flat batteries could cause traffic chaos.
EV’s longer range batteries need longer charging times – adding emissions at fossil-fuelled power stations and cost.
Plug-in hybrid cars (PHEV’S) like the Chevy Volt, solve the range-anxiety by having a back-up petrol engine.
PHEV’s solve the power-station emissions by having a smaller 60km range battery, enough for average daily commuting, from off-peak overnight charging from home outlets, when power stations cannot and do not switch off. So there are zero emissions for the PHEV doing average daily commuting.
BUT, the PHEV also costs two to three times that of an equivalent petrol car.
Can this massive price-chasm to an affordable PHEV be bridged in the near future?
A new battery has been announced, with triple density, and about half the cost, and scheduled for mass production in two to three years. Other developments are also in the pipe-line.
An electric “In Wheel” motor, eliminates a car’s entire transmission – gearbox, clutch, drive-shafts, and C/V joints, representing a massive saving in cost, weight, friction and bulk. One such development, already in an advanced prototype stage, is the Protean in-wheel engine, pictured below. See www.proteanelectric.com .
The back-up petrol engine in the PHEV Chevy Volt, is a 4-cylinder 4-stroke engine producing about 100 kW. A new patented technology CITS two-stroke engine, pictured below, which eliminates the burning of its lubricant as two-strokes usually do, can produce this same output, from just two cylinders. CITS makes possible a V-twin so well-balanced that it runs over 60% more smoothly than possible before. So now the renowned low cost of a two-stroke engine can be reduced further with only two vs four cylinders. In a simple PHEV, where the engine charges the batteries on-the-run when needed for longer trips at constant rpm, the CITS engine can be super-tuned for power, emissions and economy. See “Engine Overview” at www.citsengine.com.au.
The CITS engine has passed the early prototype stage, and now seeks funding via a share-offer in CITS PL for the final stage, being direct fuel-injection and scientific data publication by world leaders in this highly specialised field – the key to gaining the attention of the motor industry. That is the strategy in place for the CITS technology, whose inventor was awarded a nomination by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE-A) for “Excellence in Automotive Engineering”. It has an independent appraisal by an internationally respected expert. CITS PL owns the IP and patents in over 20 countries, in which up to 60% shareholding is offered in a formal Information Memorandum.
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