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A lightweight carbon-fiber car that runs on lithium-ion batteries and a portable wind turbine has just traveled 3,000 miles across Australia—and it used only $15 worth of electricity. The car, dubbed the Wind Explorer, was designed by New Jersey-based Evonik Industries to demonstrate the potential of the company’s developments in battery power and lightweight materials.

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  1. Lawrence Rhodes February 28, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Interesting but possible Darwin Award in this country when the Semi catches the kite and pulls your trike under the axles. Here is a better alternative: You never need to fuel this vehicle conventionally….unless you drive a lot at night.

  2. Thomas Stuart February 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Yes, the tire additives interest me too. I believe lower rolling resistance tires would be the best place to increase efficiency in transportation. (Also, re-looked into the turbine thing, ans believe that the “tailpipes” in the back must be the turbine mount, so true there.)

  3. cmaney February 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    While I agree with your characterization, the article specifically says that they carried the portable turbine with them in the car.

    I find this kind of thing interesting, but not particularly *useful*. I would, however, like to know more about their tire additives.

  4. Thomas Stuart February 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Grid power was the third source of energy. Batteries are a storage medium, not a source. I can’t bring myself to think of this as a wind powered vehicle, it is an electric vehicle. It had a wind powered generator, which may or may not have been carried on-board (I doubt it), it had a kite for boost(15% real wind power), but you could have just as easily plugged the thing in every night and called it a coal burning car by this standard.

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