The compressed air engine is not a new technology and has been around for awhile. The article specifies that it has twice the lileage of the electric car. The article makes no mention of any downside. Nevertheless the technology sounds interesting.
I could not reproduce the photos with the article so I scanned them before posting them.
This is amazing and about time. What is this? Will it be the next big thing?
Tata Motors of India thinks so. What will the Oil Companies do to stop it?
It is an auto engine that runs on air.
That's right; air not gas or diesel or electric but just the air
around us. Take a look.
Tata Motors of India has scheduled the Air Car to hit
Indian streets by August 2012
The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy N.
For Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air
to push its engine's pistons and make the car go.
The Air Car, called the "Mini CAT"
could cost around 365,757 rupees in
or $8,177 US. India
The Mini CAT which is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis,
a body of fiberglass that is glued not welded and powered by compressed air.
A Microprocessor is used to control all electrical functions of the car.
One tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, turn signals and
every other electrical device on the car. Which are not many.
The temperature of the clean air expelled by the exhaust pipe is
between 0-15 degrees below zero, which makes it suitable
for use by the internal air conditioning system with no need for gases
or loss of power.
There are no keys, just an access card which can be read by the car
from your pocket. According to the designers, it costs less
than 50 rupees per 100 KM, that's about a tenth the cost
of a car running on gas. It's mileage is about double that
of the most advanced electric car, a factor which makes
it a perfect choice for city motorists. The car has a top speed
of 105 KM per hour or 60 mph and would have a range
of around 300 km or 185 miles between refuels.
Refilling the car will take place at adapted gas stations
with special air compressors. A fill up will only take two
to three minutes and costs approximately 100 rupees and
the car will be ready to go another 300 kilometers.
This car can also be filled at home with it's on board compressor.
It will take 3-4 hours to refill the tank, but it can be done while you sleep.
Because there is no combustion engine, changing the 1 liter of
vegetable oil is only necessary every 50,000 KM or 30,000 miles.
Due to its simplicity, there is very little maintenance to be done on this car.
This Air Car almost sounds too good to be true. We'll see in August. 2012