Steam to keep cars clean and green
10 August 2006

Sick of having a dirty car, but don’t want to break the hosepipe ban? Engineers at Mira have come up with a novel solution – the car dishwasher.

Not to be confused with the regular drive-through carwash at your local garage, Mira’s car wash is a tent that can be erected on your driveway, and which they reckon could be in use by 2020.

An electric blower inflates the tent, then the same unit generates a fine spray of water and steam to clean the car. Because the tent is self-contained, all the water used can be recycled, and its inventors claim it uses four litres instead of a standard car wash’s 135.

It’s a nice idea, but for the time being, we’ll stick to a bucket and sponge.

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