Wisconsin Startup Seeks To Crowdfund Wind-Powered SUV

Gas-powered vehicles are one of the largest sources of carbon emissions, and contributor to climate change, on the planet.¬†Throughout the years, we’ve seen many different alternative fuel vehicles proposed, from those that run on the sun’s rays to those powered by compressed air. Only a handful make it past the drawing board, and even fewer onto the road, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying.

Tom Olson is hardly the typical startup CEO. For starters, he lives in Milwaukee and has already had a full career as an advanced turbine engineer. But that hasn’t stopped him from dreaming up what could be the most disruptive transportation technology the world’s ever seen: an SUV that’s powered by nothing but free air.

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Image via F2 Power Technologies

Now, Olson prides himself on being a simple man with simple ideas. His video isn’t very sophisticated and neither is his design–yet. But his concept for a wind-powered car is undeniably intriguing.

“With the F2 system, air striking a moving vehicle is funneled, constricting the airflow, which results in a huge increase in wind power which turns a turbine and standard generator, producing electricity that powers a standard electric motor and recharges batteries,” Olson explains on the project’s Indiegogo page.

With the average family spending over $80,000 on gas for 20 years of travel, belching toxic fumes all the way, an air-powered car sounds positively divine, but can it really be done? Olson and his crew need your help to find out.

F2 Power Technologies is hoping to crowdfund $100,000 to modify a normal SUV with its unique air funneling system. “I told everyone I could design a system that would power a vehicle using free air,” writes Olson. “Initially, no one believed me, said I was crazy. Eventually everyone, including the mechanical engineers and experts who have worked on or analyzed the system, are now believers.”

Do you believe? Contribute to this project here.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

    • Larry Hermanson

      Is this a perpetual motion machine?

    • JJ Kelly

      I believe it would work going down a steep hill.