September 15, 2012 7:27 am

Cars run on Alternate fuels

The other day , Vidya and I were driving to her art class while filled the gas on the way, she asked :

V: appa (dad) when I grow up to age to drive the car, what kind of cars will be around? are they Gasoline fueled or like hybrids

Me: These cars would still be around (given that it is about 10yrs away)

V: would most of the cars be Gasoline, hybrid or electric?

Me: with the trend, I would foresee mostly electric cars, tremendously improved with mileage, (and so on and so forth)

V: appa, I would probably prefer the cars run on Air fuel, are there those around? If not, how is this IDEA?

Me: made me think. hmmm… isn’t this fantastic idea? but why do you think so? Why air and not electric?

V: Now we stop and at times panic for running out of gas. We saw the electric fueling (charging) station at the city hall or would charge at home, we still need to stop and panic if we run out of battery, like you do when I play games on your phone.  So with air, the fuel can be generated on go, and not panic for gas stations.

Me: Fantastic idea.

V: Can you help me build this kind of car So we would be the FIRST Inventors ?

Me: Lets do some read up on this aspect.

By then we arrived at the arts class location and the conversation paused. I was curious and while waiting at her class, started looking up on similar concept. Looks like there are some similar concepts and research in progress, and some hit the streets .

Do you foresee any improvements in that area? Know of any pointers for further research?



April 7, 2009 10:23 pm

GM/Segway innovative PUMA

Filed under: Cars,Did you Know,Tech,UX - User Experience — ramsblog @ 10:23 pm

While driving from work this evening I heard this on Radio that GM is partnering with Segway imageto come up with a 2-passenger vehicle on Segway’s model and would run on the battery. Following are the facts I heard :
1. moves at 35mph
2. looks elegant but a modified version of Segway
3. GM is probably looking to produce this starting 2012
4. No comments about pricing yet
5. PUMA would have sensor ability to keep away from the vehicles and the pedestrians, making it safer to ride.

few questions posed:
1. would it be safer on our roads?
2. It is very small and not safe to be on road with other vehicles; but it is quite bigger to use on sidewalks
3. What are the designated places this device is intended to be used?
4. cities’ infrastructure department might think of constructing separate lanes for these models like (like the bicycle lane)

see a video here on this blog [picture snapshot from one of these videos]

PUMA stands for: Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility

more on huffingtonpost [link]

see more on Segway website:  http://www.segway.com/puma/ ; http://www.segway.com/blog/20090406introducing-project-puma-329.html

November 24, 2008 1:18 am

Did you Know: Electric starter to auto engine was patented this day over 100 years ago

Filed under: Cars,Science — ramsblog @ 1:18 am

….it was patented on Nov 24, 1903 for the first time and modified about 8 or 9 years later. Most cars on the roads had the electric starters by 1920.

source: wired article: http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/11/dayintech_1124

November 3, 2008 10:00 pm

Flying Car…

Filed under: Cars — ramsblog @ 10:00 pm

It would be interesting to see the traffic situation when all the cars can fly like this one [1]..

(picture: http://car-reviews.automobile.com/images/cars/images/7162/inline_flying_ferrari_01.jpg)

July 13, 2008 2:17 pm

Try a scooter?

Filed under: Cars,Economy,General — ramsblog @ 2:17 pm

When I arrived in the US several years ago, I was puzzled to see no 2-wheelers on roads. I was riding with a co-worker of my consulting company in New Jersey, and asked what I thought was a logical question – “do people here get on motor cycles, scooters in summer when the weather is nice?” I had arrived here in winter. So she said, not necessarily, people would still use the Cars and not many motor cycles unless it is their hobby to ride motorcycles. hmmm… I said, ok and switched to different conversation… Back then, a gallon of gasoline would cost about 90cents or a little over a dollar. It remained that way for few years until mid late 2004 when it started around $1.60 or $1.80.

anyways, now that the gas nearing $4.70 (~$5), I am seeing lot many 2-wheelers on local roads and many articles describing the what-if analysis; buy-lease analysis etc


June 5, 2008 6:16 pm

230 mpg car…

Filed under: Cars — ramsblog @ 6:16 pm

Is something being announced or released with respect to high mileage vehicles today? I see “230mpg car” as top search phrase on my blog today and most were pointed to my previous note here


May 15, 2008 10:23 pm

volkswagon makes 230mpg car….

Filed under: Cars — ramsblog @ 10:23 pm

I think we need such vehicles now that the gasoline price going up.

January 10, 2008 9:49 pm

Tata Nano – Rs.1Lakh car

Filed under: Cars — ramsblog @ 9:49 pm

I noticed a lot of websites and blogs talking about newly unveiled Car – named – Tata Nano. There has been talks about having a 4-wheeler manufactured for possibly affordable to a lot of people in India. It has been targeted at 1-lakh Rupees (Rs.100,000) approx about USD2600.

Model looks really nice with 4-seater and a 600cc vehicle – I think an ideal one for city roads provided the traffic doesn’t pose any issues. There have been mixed opinions on various resources as I noticed in the past few days. Pros- being a lot better vehicle compared to motor cycles. On the downside, already having high traffic and taking ever to commute 10kms will potentially become worse having more 4-wheelers. However, I liked the model. I will probably try a test drive next time when I go visit Bangalore.

See more pictures here http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-tata-nano-pg,1,3327489.photogallery?ctrack=2&cset=true 

and here http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-tata-nano,0,6254590.story?coll=chi-sportsfootball-hed

November 30, 2007 6:13 pm

Gregs Japanese Auto

Filed under: Cars,Customer Service,Review — ramsblog @ 6:13 pm

I had heard a lot about Gregs service center at my work place. My wife also mentioned the same from her friends. We always went to a nearby Car Dealer for our car service. This time around, we thought of giving a shot at another service center. Now that we had a new data plan on our phones, we did a look up on internet and found the number. Called them up. Made an appointment immediately for the following day. The people were friendly on phone. I went there the next day, an individual came up and noted all the details, asked me to wait at the lounge. the possible wait time was about 30mins. He came back and explained the issue that I went there for. He drew a picture and explained how the engined and the tensioner belt worked etc etc. I had to make an another appointment to get it fixed for some reason.

 Went there the other day with my wife and my kid. I asked them if they had a shuttle service to drop us off to a nearby mall. They do have a courtesy shuttle, and the driver (I forgot to take the name) was very courtious and kept us engaged with talk while driving to the mall. he came back again in couple of hours to bring us back to the service center.

Things were done in promised time and explained again all the things they had perfomed on my car.

Here is the store I visited:

425-644-2798: Phone
206-621-9560: Fax 
Hours 8am-6pm 
Email: Bellevue@gregs.com
13421 N.E. 20th
Bellevue, WA 98005
for now, it was great over all

October 12, 2007 5:38 pm

Toyota Camry – most in demand!

Filed under: Cars — ramsblog @ 5:38 pm

We recently bought a Toyota Camry. I have always had Toyota Corolla in the past several years and this time, we again stayed for Toyota. Anyways, just noticed a blog post mentioning about Camry being a most shopped car in the month of August 2007. Well, looks like we were one of the contributors (we bought in the month of Aug2007) 🙂

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