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DIY Air-Powered Moped Answered

This custom moped runs on compressed air to get you across town with no pollution and no noise. Just make sure you're not going too far as the range is only 7 miles and top speed is 18 mph.

Still, a cool idea to work from.

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PKM (author)2008-04-18

OK- it's got big metal tanks on the side, a piston engine and presumably makes a "chug chug chug" noise while running. When someone combines the design with this, I will be first in line with my chequebook out, 18mph top speed or no.

Where do compressed air engines even come from? I keep looking from time to time but all I find are Stirling engines and those model aeroplanes.

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FriendOfHumanity (author)2008-04-17

If you can actually bear the slow delivery of this programme, its pretty interesting, especially the second type of engine.

IN FACT, I RECOMMEND WATCHING PART TWO FIRST.

PART ONE

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=D-A3XHFT5qc&feature=related

PART TWO

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq8aZVLpf-c&feature=related

Enjoy.

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Those links are better than the one I saw the other day - same vehicle, but different - and much more sensationalist - documentary, ending with a comment so stupid, it hurts.

here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztFDqcu8oJ4

Toward the end of the clip, the presenter say something to the effect "...and they've also developed a compressor for charging the air tanks - that runs on compressed air!' - so one day they'll be able to build it into the car and it will recharge itself as you drive it around! - a perpetual motion machine!"

Gah!

So there it is folks - a car powered by the spinning corpses of the scientists who formulated the laws of thermodynamics.

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Goodhart (author)Atomic Shrimp2008-04-18

they probably were mixing up the two engines, the one that runs efficiently with the one that also compresses air on the fly with petrol; and they forgot about the petrol LOL

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Brennn10 (author)2008-04-18

Now, if someone could get the contacts of this guy, and tell him to make an instructable...

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jongscx (author)2008-04-17

OMG OMG OMG!!!! that's an old Toro Tomos frame isn't it?!?

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jongscx (author)jongscx2008-04-17

oh yeah, and how do you pedal?

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Uru Wolf (author)jongscx2008-04-18

You are not meant to. The whole point was to create a moped that ran on air.

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NachoMahma (author)jongscx2008-04-17

. As far as I can tell, you don't. It's no longer a moped, just a mo.

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ewilhelm (author)2008-04-17

Awesome! Someone perfected the Air Bike we built at Squid Labs a long time ago.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)ewilhelm2008-04-17

I was going to make one, but never got around to it.

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robbtoberfest (author)2008-04-17

All he needs is one of those 5000 psi carbon fiber tanks to get some real range.

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