Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Air Car

Is it a revolution in transportation?

Can it work?

Will the oil companies buy it out and disappear it?

Can a car really run on air?

This is from MSNBC:

Luxembourg-based Moteur Developpment International is gearing up for the launch of its Air Car line next year.

"It's safe, doesn't pollute, doesn't explode, it's not poisonous and it's not expensive," said MDI representative Sebastien Braud.

The company says the cars will initially go on sale in France, where the first assembly line is due to start production in the middle of next year.

The MiniCATS three-seater compact, a commercial version of a prototype showcased at the 2002 Paris Motor Show, will be priced at $9,850. The CitiCATS six-seater sedan will retail for $16,000.

How it works
In both cars, an electric pump compresses air into the tank at a pressure of 300 bars. The pump plugs straight into an ordinary household socket and takes four hours to complete the recharge.

"When you get home you normally plug in your cell phone," said Braud. "Well, now you do that with your car too."

The already attractive economics of the Air Car — MDI claims a recharge costs just $2.50 at French electricity prices — can only get more persuasive if oil prices stay high.
Car runs on compressed air, but will it sell?

The Wikipedia entry

World's First Air-Powered Car: Zero Emissions by Next Summer, at Popular Mechanics

Who knows which company is the real air car company?

Air Car Factories

MDI International

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