This Bioracer is fueled by wood pellets

This is the Bioracer from a Swedish Precer Group, and it uses biomass-based powerplants for getting vehicles in motion. It is unique as the vehicle runs on wood pellets, like a stove in a warm living room.

The vehicle has a 16 horsepower electric motor which is powered by a “24 to 96 volt, 100 to 400 amp-hour battery pack”. That is just enough power for three hours, and every 3 to 6 pounds of burned wood pellets is good enough for 10 miles of driving.

So what is it that we are seeing here? Is this the first of cars that are pellet powered? If so, it certainly isn’t very fuel-efficient. Then again, I’ve noticed that every step to improve fuel-efficiency is always a baby step at best.

Are we looking at an age where we go to what was once called a gas station and say: “Gimme four gallons of pellets”. Perhaps in addition to fueling the vehicle, it can heat it as well.

Of course, I can’t help but wonder if using wooden pellets would be environmentally friendly. I mean, that wood comes from trees, but I thought one of the whole precepts of saving the Earth was to save trees. Creating wood-based fuel would create a need for destroying more trees.


4 thoughts on “This Bioracer is fueled by wood pellets”

  1. Sure, making it from trees is not the greatest thing, but I can see it possible to make the pellets from other biomass… Such as hemp. Obviously using a source like solar energy is far less destructive and aside from the creation of the collection system is truly carbon neutral. The problem with solar energy currently is that to get enough power to move this beast, the array of panels on top of the machine would be 3 times the size of the vehicle! Most of the energy used by the powerplant in this system is being used to move the vehicle, not the occupants: when the transportation vehicle weighs more than the occupants, you’ve got waste, lots of it.

  2. Wood is still a renewable resource, which is better than the non-renewable oil, CNG and coal alternatives.
    What would do more for the planet would be a mass-movement to seriously small vehicles, two seaters under 250cc or such, to REALLY get our carbon emissions down to a level the biosphere can cope with. Of course that isn’t going to happen until all the trucks and 4x4s are outlawed, so people would feel safe in smaller transporters.
    That may happen when the cost of petrol goes ballistic, something that could be sooner rather than later. Crude is expected to reach triple figures next year.

  3. Good on ya Ian Hopper for mentioning hemp as biomass! Its more than that but thats a start. You could build most of the car parts from hemp too. So what are we waiting for. Henry Ford already did it back in the beginning of the last century. It worked then and it can work now. Hemp produces more biomass per acre than trees by many magnitudes. William Randolph Hearst had hemp outlawed so that he could use his hundreds of thousands of acres of trees for paper without competition. Lets dump the losers who are supporting this crooked old paradygm. Dump them now folks. Its almost too late. Just dump them.

  4. Ford Hemp Car:

    The Market for Hemp Products:

    William Randolph Hearsts war on Marijuana/hemp
    War on marijuana
    Hearst sympathized with Harry J. Anslinger in his war against marijuana. Between 1936 and 1937, Hearst associated marijuana with hemp in his newspapers and published many of the stories that Anslinger fabricated.[citation needed] Hearst played a major part in aiding the anti-marijuana movement, leading to its prohibition in the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937,[18] a law which also effectively outlawed hemp.
    Jack Herer and others argue that Hearst’s paper empire (he owned hundreds of acres of timber forests and a vast number of paper mills designed to manufacture paper from wood pulp) in the early 1930s was threatened by hemp, which: 1) like wood pulp, could also be used to manufacture paper[19] and 2) also had an advantage over wood pulp, because it could be regrown yearly as well.[19] Subsequent commentators pointed out that the Hearst chain was one of the biggest buyers of newsprint in the U.S.,[20] and had a strong interest in a low price for newsprint. If anyone could produce large amounts of cheap newsprint from a new crop it would lower Hearst’s purchasing cost for newsprint.

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