The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership is an action and advisory group, established in 2003 to take a lead in accelerating the shift to low carbon vehicles and fuels in the UK and to help ensure that UK business can benefit from that shift.
The LowCVP is a partnership of nearly 250 organisations from the automotive and fuel industries, the environmental sector, government, academia, road user groups and other organisations with a stake in the low carbon vehicles and fuels agenda. Quantum Mechanics Ltd a qmech Group Company is proud to be a member of the LowCVP Partnership.
Carbon Fuels
Conventional fuels such as petrol and diesel produce bi-products including CO2. Remembering that there are only limited reserves of this product left on the planet.
Environmentally friendly fuels are high on the political agenda as the Government looks at ways to reduce the impact of traffic on the environment, and LPG is one solution. Clean, efficient combustion means that LPG vehicles produce fewer harmful pollutants and less noise. What’s more, about 60% of UK LPG is a by-product of the natural gas extraction process, and produced in vast amounts. The environmental and economic benefits of using LPG as a valuable fuel supply are substantial, but again, this fuel still produces CO2 and reserves are running out.
Biofuels
Research shows that the greenhouse gas benefits of biofuels vary greatly with the system of cultivation and processing and use of by-products; but, in most cases, biofuels are better than the fossil alternative, again, this fuel although it reduces our carbon footprint, is still not the answer in the longer term .

Hydrogen: The most abundant element in our Universe

Internal Combustion Engines-
Hydrogen gas can be used in a similar way as LPG. While Hydrogen can also be used to fuel internal combustion engines, most scientists believe that hydrogen’s most promising application is as a fuel to power fuel cells, which create electric current by stripping hydrogen of electrons as it crosses a charged membrane. Fuel cells are currently many times more expensive to produce as internal combustion engines, but they can convert nearly three times the energy of an engine running on gasoline.

A fuel cell is an electrochemical device similar to a battery, but differing from the latter in that it is designed for continuous replenishment of the reactants consumed; i.e. it produces electricity from an external fuel supply as opposed to the limited internal energy storage capacity of a battery. Additionally, the electrodes within a battery react and change as a battery is charged or discharged, whereas a fuel cell's electrodes are catalytic and relatively stable.

Electric Cars/Battery Power

Most major car manufactures including, Honda, Toyota, Ford and General Motors have built and tested battery powered vehicles. However, electric cars are not new. Indeed, this form of chemical power is reputed to have been around since the mid 1830’s. Tesla Motors based in California are taking the latest technologies and putting them into production via a two seat sports car. If you fancy a Lotus Elise derivative running on alternating current electric power, that can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, does the equivalent to 135 MPG with 220 miles between charge-up, get your name on the waiting list.

Note: Tesla (Physics) = SI unit of magnetic flux density or magnetic induction equal to 1 weber m-2. . Nokola Tesla 1856-1943 was a Serbian inventor, physicist, mechanical and electrical engineer who’s theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current, phase power distribution and the AC motor.

It can be seen that fiction is turning to fact, its not the first time that a Lotus derivative (the De Lorean Time Machine ) using a ‘Flux Capacitor’ to power a vehicle ‘Back to the Future’ relied on alternative energy. The future is now with the Tesla using ‘Flux Density Technology’.

Conclusion:

• The qmech Group will endeavor to deliver the best package for existing technology in the way of vehicle maintenance to ensure optimum performance with the least environmental impact.
• Develop alternative bio fuel options via tried and tested competition along side conventional fueled vehicles on the race track
• Develop electric power train configurations with our partners.
• Develop hydrogen fuel (gas combustion and fuel cell) options via tried and tested competition along side conventional fueled vehicles, again, on the race track.