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The O2 Pursuit is an Air-Powered Motorcycle that Can Travel 62 Miles on a Single Charge

Posted By Charley Cameron On November 5, 2012 @ 5:07 pm In Environment,Green Transportation,Innovation,News,Renewable Energy | 2 Comments

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Developed by Dean Benstead [2], a graduate RMIT University [3] in Melbourne, the O2 Pursuit is a pretty extraordinary bike. With a range of about 62 miles per ‘tank’ and top speeds of 87 mph, the modified Yamaha WR250R is powered entirely by compressed air. A canister with a compression of 3000 PSI, the same as those used by scuba divers, appears to power the bike as effectively as many electric motors—and Benstead’s technology has been nominated for a James Dyson Award [4].

As to exactly how Benstead’s motorcycle works, Fast Co.Exist explains [5] that the frame is rigged with a “a compressed-air engine built by an Australian company called Engineair, and a standard scuba diving tank (that’s right). Demonstrating in this clip, Benstead opens the tank, rings the throttle letting air into a heat exchange unit, and from there to the Di Pietro engine.”

The RMIT graduate isn’t the only one experimenting with this technology; multiple companies have been working on air-powered car tech for years [6]. The most prominent recent case—the AirPod by Tata—chugs along at a maximum speed of 47 mph, but the manufacturers believe that the cleaner-tech car could revolutionize India’s streets.

There is, as Fast Co.Exist [5] and Grist [7] point out, a fairly major pitfall to the idea of air-powered bikes as a sustainable future for transport: It takes a certain amount of power to compress air as densely as is necessary for scuba diving or, say, bike-propelling—and there’s no current functional infrastructure for charging a compressed air.

Via Grist [8], Fast Co.Exist [5]

Images © Dean Benstead

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/the-o2-pursuit-is-an-air-powered-motorcycle-that-can-travel-62-miles-on-a-single-charge/o2-pursuit-final_363/

[2] Dean Benstead: http://o2pursuitdeanbenstead.wordpress.com/

[3] RMIT University: http://www.rmit.edu.au/

[4] James Dyson Award: http://inhabitat.com/tag/james-dyson-award

[5] Fast Co.Exist explains: http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680821/a-long-range-motorcycle-powered-by-nothing-but-air#1

[6] air-powered car tech for years: http://inhabitat.com/top-five-air-powered-vehicles-coming-soon-to-the-us/

[7] Grist: http://grist.org/business-technology/this-motorcycle-runs-on-air/

[8] Grist: http://grist.org/business-technology/this-motorcycle-runs-on-air/"

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