While sitting in my Chemistry class today we came upon a formula in which gave me an interesting theory.
We were talking about Hydro-Carbons. Now we use Hydro-carbons every day, in many different ways~ but the one thing that caught my eye was the fact that if you burn a hydrocarbon in a plentiful amount of oxygen the outcome will always equal carbon dioxide and water.
How here is the simple formula for the burning of octane (gasoline)
C8H18 + 12 1/2 O2 ------> 8 CO2 + 9 H2O
Now when you burn a hydro carbon in a limited amount of Oxygen, instead of coming out with the end result being Carbon dioxide and water you come out with Carbon Monoxide and water~
C8H18 + 8 1/2 O2----> 8CO + 9H2O
So now here is my question, wouldn't be possible to devise some sort of new engine for cars so that there is a greater oxygen intake, thus no longer emitting dangerous carbon monoxide gases into the air~ and seeing as I am probably not the only person to think this, Why havenít car companies already done so? Do you think that they havenít because the cost to do something like this may be higher than profit, even though I donít see why people wouldnít want to purchase cars that are more helpful to the environment, thus heightening their profit.