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.