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Wind Powered Car
Sometimes great stories get drowned out in the news. This is one of them.
Not long ago, during the flare-up of the Arab spring, eco adventurers sportsmen Dirk Gion and Stefan Simmerer drove their silent, wind-powered vehicle across Australia almost un-noticed. They rolled into Sydney to a friend's-and-family heroes welcome.
Eighteen days earlier the two Germans had left Albany in the south-western corner of Australia with the intention of breezing along the 3,000 mile route using nothing more than the power of the wind.
As the pictures show, a power kite is the primary tool used to pull the car along. When it's not possible to fly the kite, the car is propelled by a super-efficient electric engine, driven by lithium-ion batteries which, when charged, give a range of about 400km (250 miles).
And if the batteries are flat and there’s no wind? Easy – they erect a 20ft telescopic mast which is fitted to a wind turbine (all stored in the boot) that can charge their batteries overnight.
A wind powered car has been invented; it works, and can comfortably cross Australia in 18 days, carbon free. That's revolutionary...
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