Vauxhall Launches Adam C With Zero Running Costs And Emissions
A new take on alternative energyby Robert Moore, on
In a world where we are constantly trying to lower our dependency on fossil fuels and lower vehicle emissions as much as possible, at least one manufacturer is putting its best foot forward. After several years of research and development, Vauxhall has announced a new variation of the Vauxhall Adam, dubbed the Vauxhall Adam C. The C in the name stands for “clockwork,” and there is a good reason for that. The Adam C doesn’t have an engine or an electric motor. It doesn’t even have a battery.
What it does have, is a state-of-the-art kinetic mechanism that is used to propel and power the Adam C with a renewable energy source: You. Basically, the Adam C uses an enlarged kinetic system similar to that of wind-up watches. A removable knob is plugged into the back of the vehicle, and winding it for just 15 minutes will give the Adam C full power for up to 125 miles. This also provides the electrical energy needed to run things like onboard infotainment system.
Mick Cannical, Vauxhall’s Chief Kinetics Engineer, said, “This game-changing technology stands to revolutionize the way we drive. We’ve paved the way towards a future of wind-ups. Improving the customer experience is a priority to us and given that the average Brit drives less than 35 miles every day, we estimate the model will appeal to over two-thirds of the population. We expect the growth to be exponential.”
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Why it matters
I think the important thing here is to realize how beneficial this technology will be. Think about it, a car that doesn’t require fuel or electricity. And, a range of 125 miles after just 15 minutes of winding, who can complain about that. Not only will this development cut emissions and the costs of driving down to nothing, but it will also help each and every owner get some much-needed exercise on a daily basis. According to Vauxhall, winding the Adam C will exercise the chest, shoulder, arms and core muscles, leading to the burning of up to 400 calories. Not a bad way to make up for all that fast food you eat every day right?
Read our full review on the Opel Adam here.