[DML] Re: Rotary Engines
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[DML] Re: Rotary Engines



Like turbines, rotary engines were an interesting idea that just
didn't bear fruit in consumer automobiles. Not only are they less fuel
efficient than traditional four stroke designs, but they produce more
pollution and tend to burn oil prodigiously.

No offense to Dave Delman, but electrically propelled automobiles
aren't the future either. Battery capacity just isn't there, and I
don't think it ever will be. The curious thing about batteries is: No
matter how big the cells are, each one only produces about 1.5 volts.
>From AAA remote control batteries to humongous railroad locomotive
batteries, this 1.5 volt cell limit seems to be constant.

Of course, no matter what propels our automobiles, propulsion alone
can't solve the problems of gridlock, sprawl, or an aging driving
population.

The solution to America's transportation ills is of course right in
front of our faces. We merely need to use various options already in
existence more rationally. Europeans have been doing that for decades.
For some reason Americans tend take this argument to extremes: Either
trains OR buses OR self driven automobiles. The solution is trains AND
buses AND self driven automobiles.

With the odd DeLorean thrown in the mix, of course.

>--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Farrar Hudkins <fhudkins@...> wrote:
>
> Well, the Wankel rotary engine was discarded in light of the fuel 
> crunch. Not sure if it makes it "ethical," but it makes it more 
> affordable and better on gas. :) Also, it was planned with more safety 
> features including an air bag which was discarded due to cost. I also 
> believe (and someone can pipe up if I'm wrong) that a stainless steel 
> frame had been planned, but welding problems during manufacture took 
> care of that.
> 
> Farrar Hudkins
> #2613
>




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