Friday, 08 July 2011 08:20

Using Less Fuel – Volvo's New Techniques

Both crude and fuel prices are getting up again on these hot summer days, WTI costs $98,67 per barrel, Brent almost $118,59. Consumers and developers are trying their best to save as much as possible as well on fuel as on their money.

A good example, the Swedish vehicle producer, Volvo. The mechanics showed up with a new technology, which should help to improve the performance and it also impacts the use of fuel. For those, who recently watched Formula 1, this will be familiar.

“Their system will have a carbon fiber 13lb flywheel attached to a front-wheel drive car’s rear axle. The flywheel is mounted in vaccum to help decrease friction. It is 7.8” or 20 cm in diameter and spins to 60,000rpm during braking. As the driver hit brakes, the engine shuts off, and the energy that is generated during braking is sent to the flywheel, where it is stored. Upon acceleration, the flywheel lets go of the energy by continuous variable transmission, powering the car’s rear wheels.”

It looks like a great solution instead of the plug-in hybrid. Experts say, with this new “flywheel energy storage technology” it may be even possible to turn off the engine during driving. For more details, go here: indiandrives.com.

But until this technology will be available for everyone, the best ways to keep on saving on fuel and money are the traditional ones, like searching for cheaper fuel, slowing down, switching the air-condition off and, of course, trying to avoid driving.

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