If there’s no such thing as a free lunch, how about a free ride? Think of how wonderful it would be if your car could continue running without you spending a dime on fuel. If you drove a Wind-powered car, that auto dream would come true.
How does a Wind-powered Car Work?
Much like wind-powered homes, Wind-powered cars harness energy from the wind, converting it into Electric, thereby helping the car to move forward. The concept of harnessing wind energy has been derived from the fact that, whenever we put our hands out from the windows of a fast-moving car, the tremendous force of the wind can be felt. This force can as well be harnessed into electrical energy and be used as a clean source for running cars
One of these innovations is the Eolo, Columbia’s only homegrown car. It uses a new and efficient system that uses wind energy to charge its batteries. The name comes from the fact that it is the first ‘eolic’ car ever, meaning that it is powered by wind.
Industrial Corporation Minuto de Dios’ Javier Roldán, the inventor of the system, along with project Eolo designers developed the first prototype of the electric car that recharges with wind energy. The system is based on the simple principle of a spinning wind turbine that charges the batteries which power the wheels.
The power generated by wind energy helps in continuously charging the batteries, and this is one of the main features of the Eolo. Unlike other batteries, which need to be charged for a specified period of time, these batteries have no such condition. Whenever you drive, the battery is continuously and automatically recharged. A voltmeter is also fitted, which helps in tracking the current from the battery.
It’s even possible to maintain and run an air conditioner in such a vehicle. The motors are cooled with the help of the wind thereby increasing efficiency, besides preventing overheating.
The turbines up front the Eolo spin when the car is in motion and charge the batteries. The system is highly cost-effective and, the project owners claim the car delivers 100 km of range and a top speed of 100 km/h. It also comes with a Natural Free Air-conditioning System.
So, a wind-powered car is an excellent vehicle to be used in these days of global warming. However, these cars are still in the developmental phase, and there has been no mass production of such cars.
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