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Achates’ Opposed Piston Engine: Better than Tesla?

The below quote from this story is a truly beautiful thing. Human beings have harnessed power of an explosion to drive ourselves around the country in comfort. It’s insanely cool but we don’t take much time to think about it because it’s so common place. It’s estimated there are over 253 million cars in America. According to IHS Automotive the average age of these vehicles is 11.4 yeas. That’s an incredible average for something with so many moving parts powered, literally, by explosions and fire and subjected to pressure and heat and friction for hours on end.

“IF YOU POP THE hood on your car and yank out the plastic cover beneath it, you’ll see a beautiful bit of mind-boggling engineering: the internal combustion engine. Today’s engines harness around 100 explosions of fuel and oxygen each second, generating massive power with minimal emissions.”

While alternative fuels may someday be viable they currently aren’t, not because the willpower isn’t there, but because they can’t compete with the efficiency of gasoline and diesel inside a classic internal combustion engine. Electric cars are limited and due to the fact that, according to the US Energy Information Administration (yeah, that’s a thing), most electricity is created with coal and gas anyway. You’re electric car is not saving the planet.

A slightly more efficient internal combustion engine like mentioned in the below article will do more to reduce pollution than an electric car will. It’s also likely to be produced without intervention from the government in the way of your tax dollars as suppliments.

IF YOU POP THE hood on your car and yank out the plastic cover beneath it, you’ll see a beautiful bit of mind-boggling engineering: the internal combustion engine. Today’s engines harness around 100 explosions of fuel and oxygen each second, generating massive power with minimal emissions.

Source: Achates’ Opposed Piston Engine Could Revive Pull More Power From Less Fuel | WIRED

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