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One of America's most profilic inventors, Mr. William Lear, unveiled a new device with which he hopes to beat the problem of automatic pollution -- a steam-powered bus. The bus was given its first trials at the public showing in Reno, Nevada on Friday (11 February) and it's to go into experimental service in San Francisco in a few weeks.
A prototype steam-powered car was also shown -- Mr. Lear says the car should be in running shape in another six weeks.
Mr. Lear says development of the steam engine has cost him 12 million dollars (approximately five million Pounds Sterling) of his own money. Its performance is far better, he says, than proposed standards for the ordinary car engine.
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SYNOPSIS: Another step in the fight against pollution was unveiled here, at Reno, Nevada, on Friday. And it was a measure of the importance the day was to inventor William Lear that his wife insisted upon being with him. This despite the fact she's recently suffered a heart attack. On show was this bus -- powered by steam. It's Lear's contribution to the battle against pollution and the bus was undergoing its first public trial.
Lear is one of America's profilic inventors -- with a popular-selling private jet he designed to his credit.
Lear says engine development cost him about five million Pounds Sterling. He says the engine puts out one-hundredth of present-day engines' pollution.
Lear says the engine is ten times better in performance than demanded in the 1976 American standards which the major American car companies are saying they can't meet. While Lear isn't claiming credit for discovering that steam is pollution-free, he does say he's put the engine in a small, practical package.
The engine will weigh half as much as a comparable diesel motor and its fuel economy is within limits. Soon, the bus will be tested in San Francisco.
But the ultimate test, according to Lear, won't be the bus, but this steam-powered passenger car. The problem isn't power, but transmission and they're working on that.
This small turbine wheel is the heart of the Lear power plant. Steam pushes the vane around, the wheel turns and it drives that big bus. And although it's news that the bus worked, the real story was that wheel.