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http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2...te-sailing-car

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This open-topped beauty is the Wind Explorer, a German-made electric car that’s just driven across Australia. And it only used around $US13 of electricity on its 18-day trip.

It’s powered by two methods – a motor running on an internal battery that can be charged by the mains supply or a portable wind turbine, or, er, dragged along by kites
Astounding!
Mother Nature is in full effect!
post #2 of 37
Wow, very nice. That picture especially is awesome!

Although unfortunate if you come across a bridge when you're kite-ing along...

For those wondering, apparently part of the time they had to charge from the national grid was when there was a cyclone, so the wind was too strong to recharge normally.
Edited by Scorpii - 2/18/11 at 8:58am
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And that son is how we travel with the power of my farts...
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And that son is how we travel with the power of my farts...
lol.
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267km a day? is that it?

I am a Jeremy Clarkson fan and I like moar POWERRRR.

    
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Fail concept since it only works on open roads which are sparse here in the north.
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might be a car for when the world ends and we live in the wasteland.
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And if two of these tried to drive on the same road how would they keep their kites from getting tangled?

Solar cars can do it with $0 of electricity. I don't see anything impressive here.
    
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And if two of these tried to drive on the same road how would they keep their kites from getting tangled?

Solar cars can do it with $0 of electricity. I don't see anything impressive here.
Chances are good that wind doesnt go one way on one side of the road, and the other way on the opposite.
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Aussie power! Made by Germans. We only build V8 Commodores. I'm getting one, save the world and all that. Don't know how the kite will go in the city, hope it doesn't get caught on stuff.
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