1. Convert conventional engines into steam engines- have boilers forcing steam into the cylinders to turn the engine.
I don't know if that is possible...but if it is, what would you fire the boilers with?
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There was a time, not so long ago - when one of the big fads was large skateboards with olympic sails rigged like on a sailboard.
In the old west, there was a legend of an old sailor or sea captain who outfitted a conestoga wagon with rigging and sails.
-So it isn't that far fetched, but what happens if you have to stop suddenly???
In the Phillipines, there are two intriguing ideas. One is the "Jeepney". Old jeeps, with seats in the back for passengers that run on diesel through local areas. At each stop, pesos are passed forward to the driver. Its sort of a mini-bus system.
There are also trikes. Usually they are made out of mopeds and small CC motorbikes by adding a sidecar arrangement to them. Unlike a conventional sidecar, these are more upright, with a canopy, and have a bench style seat. Both of these are used as public transportation.
In Waikiki, and also in downtown Memphis there are "Pedi-Cabs". Sort of a combination of a bicycle, and a simple buggy (but without the horse). They are very expensive to hire though!
About a month and a half ago, I saw a horse drawn wagon going down the road near my house - but it had been modified from what we think of as one of those by the replacement of the classic wheels with car tires and rims.
In Pennsylvania the Amish people still drive horses and buggies to this very day, and one must be careful on the country roads because horses and wagons have the right of way, even though they are slow.
Now - my thoughts (recently) on an electric car would be to provide it with some solar panels to maintain the batteries, but also to convert a lawnmower engine to steam power and use it to drive a common twelve volt automobile alternater and charging system.
If the sun was out - the batteries would charge, extending the range.
If it was parked at home, the charger would be plugged in.
If a long trip was planned, load up some coal or wood to drive the generator!
But anything that simple is unlikely to be practical...
yes, greywolf, jeepneys are a good idea, but, have you ever ridden in one?!!! They are a BLAST if you go for rollercosters and that sort of thing.... but i dont think most of the people in this country would enjoy riding in them (at least, if a filipino was driving the way they do over there!) as for the trikes- i LOVED riding in those- they even had some they addapted to go down old rail road tracks with- get this- old engine bearings. they would actually use old crank bearings out of their 2 stroke bike engines as WHEELs to go down the tracks. Now that was a wild ride. all good ideas though!
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