I had already talked about the Air compressed car recently. This time acording to BusinessGreen blog by 2009-2010 this car will be available on the North American market. MDI is the US representative Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM). They said that the car will cost around $17,800. There’ll be 2 models available (3 and 6 seets).
The CityCat is running at the compressed air only at low speed (about 20 MPH). At the higher speeds the car burn a little of gasoline (still the emissions are only 0.158lbs of CO2 per mile). The engine is 75hp and the range is between 800 and 1,000 miles on a single tank of air. The engine can be can be powered by conventional petrol, ethanol, or bio-fuels. The Age says the cars can go 68 MPH and has a range of 93 miles or, if the compressed air is heated, potential ranges of thousands of miles.
“MDI sold the rights to build and sell the car in India to Indian car manufacturer Tata last year in a €20m deal. “The fact that Tata bought the first for India has given us an infusion of capital that will allow us to finish the car,” said Vencat, who expects to open the first US manufacturing plant in New York.”
BBC News has done a report on the Air Car recently. Actualy there has been 2 reports:
- First, release: The BBC confirms that the car will be released by the “end of year” (as the Age reported) and that the car will be released in India and also in Europe.
- Second release: The price: only 3,500 Euros. Lastly, details: The BBC News also says the car will go 124 miles on a fill-up that will cost 1.5 Euros and will take just a few minutes. This is not a neighborhood electric vehicle because the car will have a top speed of 68 MPH.
Download a video of the engine functionality here: