You are the enemy these days. The old white men blamed for everything. It starts with climate change, extends to gender-sensitive asterisks, and generally all injustices in the world. Sure, if you're over 50 and read a blog about old combustion engines, you're under general suspicion of belonging to them. To the old white men. Bad! But there is hope!
Of course, it's primarily about old cars. To consider them to be sustainable alone can be uncomfortable for one or the other guest reader. An opinion against the mainstream; a side that does not work off the applause for electromobility. To make matters worse, there is lively reading, commenting and discussion here. So an asylum for old white men?
It's not that bad.
Actually, we are here in good, old Saab tradition. A little old school maybe, which is also due to my age - but is also typical Saab again. Because at Saab in Trollhättan, as a poor company, you simply had to hold on to many things. And used the available funds to drive innovation.
Let's talk about alternative fuels.
Some ideas at Saab are still shockingly current. There were the alternative fuels that were thought to be a good idea. In principle, a Saab engine has always been a multi-fuel engine. The military know this expression. You pour a halfway flammable broth into the tank - and the engine runs. At Saab it was no different because of the Trionic. Everything that ignites works. For the BioPower concept, only the periphery in the form of cables and seals had to be changed. The innovation was done.
One of the last Saab ideas was the BioPower 100 Concept. 100% vegetable fuel in the tank. The initial spark had to come from fossil fuel, but then the Saab ran 100% on plant-based energy. That was a long time ago and is almost forgotten. Now, of all times, when the world needs a rapid reduction in CO2 emissions, nobody is looking at the ideas from back then.
Why is that? In Sweden, diesel is offered under the designation HVO 100, which is obtained from industrial waste. It is sustainable, a contribution to the rapid reduction of C02 emissions. There is no such thing in Germany; there is no alternative to electromobility. The bad diesel, powered by sustainable fuel, could have a future.
Let's talk about electric cars.
It seems like a law of nature that electric cars have to be big and heavy. Lots of range, large batteries that require a lot of resources. Does it really have to be, or is there a smarter way to do it? The Saab ePower concept relied on small batteries, which were placed in the center tunnel. Small batteries mean low resource consumption, and there is no additional cooling system. Instead, an existing system for cooling the batteries was used with the automatic air conditioning. A simple construction with little weight.
Unfortunately, it remains to be seen whether there would have been any chances on the market.
But there are clever solutions. Without monster batteries, without wasting resources. You just have to look for it. Then you will find smart, sustainable electromobility. Like the Sion from Sono Motors, which will hopefully roll off the production line in Trollhättan next year. But there are more alternatives, and some are really appetizing.
All of this is interesting. A topic for old white men who could get angry reading and thinking about the alternatives they didn't use. Smart electric cars, far from the mainstream, and alternative fuels are topics that should interest us. Must be interested! In a loose order, entertainingly packaged. In the next days and weeks on the blog of the old white men who are more interested than just antique burners.