October 11, 2005

Taxis with Wind Generators for Cell Phones

Category: Cars

taxiwind.jpgI have a feeling this is more novelty than preacticalisty, since a cell phone could probably charge itself off a car's idling motor without any added deleterious effects. Nonetheless, here's a taxi with a wind turbine on the roof that charges your cell phone while you ride. But I suppose you have to rememeber to bring the charger! (story here)

Posted by Nick at October 11, 2005 9:50 AM


What a great idea, it should really have been nominated for an INDEX: award ( http://www.index2005.dk/ )

Posted by: Jacob Bøtter at October 16, 2005 6:53 AM

It seems that the added drag of the turbine and casing would far outweigh the impact of drawing a few watts from an engine (Since, 1 horsepower=750 watts, you gotta have a pretty big cell phone to draw off even 1% of the total power).

Posted by: Jon at October 20, 2005 1:14 AM

I agree with Jon. Looks like a really dumb scheme which uses far more fuel through additional energy conversions. Quite apart from the energy cost of the kit itself.

Posted by: Steve at November 14, 2005 4:11 PM

maybe the turbine could be used to power the taxi itself and we could have a perpetual motion machine!!! :-P

Posted by: kg at April 5, 2006 7:53 AM

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