Wednesday, December 21, 2005 1:26:45 AM
Now, the average gasser moped gets really good fuel economy, because it's simply so small. Better than motorcycles, even. Heck, better than diesel cars. (But many don't beat diesel motorcycles.)
So, you're wondering, why not a diesel moped?
Back in 1952, a German company called Lohmann introduced their diesel assist motor for bicycles. You simply installed it on your bicycle, fired it up, and you were off. It was a tiny little thing, at 18cc, but it did the job. It was fueled by paraffin, not modern diesel fuel, and shares much in common with the model airplane diesels that use a mixture of kerosene, ether, and castor oil as fuel.
The very interesting part about these was the fuel economy claims. There are references to a fuel usage of 1 teaspoon per kilometer. 1 US gallon = 768 US teaspoons, 1 mile = 1.61 kilometers, for a fuel economy of... wait for it... 477.21 miles per US gallon.
However, these engines weren't all too durable, and not many were made. But, technology's advanced since then.
I'm proposing an "open source" diesel moped. The project could actually act in a similar way to Wikipedia, in which anyone can make modifications to the moped. Obviously, there would have to be engineers that would volunteer their free time to monitor the project, and make sure that nothing unsafe or impractical is done.
Once a workable design is created, possibly a company could be approached to produce this design.
Feel free to comment on this idea...