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Zero Pollution compressed Air Car set for U.S. launch in 2010

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February 28, 2008

Zero Pollution compressed Air Car
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February 29, 2008 The Zero-Pollution MDI Air Car, invented in France and licensed by Tata Motors in India, is coming to American shores. Zero Pollution Motors have announced they will begin taking reservations for the first U.S. deliveries in the next couple of months, but it will be 2010 before Americans get their first taste of the ingenious compressed-air motor, which runs to 35mph entirely on air, or uses a trickle of petrol to heat and compress more air to reach higher speeds up to 90mph. It'll cost next to nothing to run (how do 30,000km service intervals sound?), have a range of up to 1000 miles, and retail for well under US$20,000.

We've written before about the promising potential of compressed air as the next energy storage medium for road cars, and it seems the concept is starting to gather some serious momentum. After signing a mass-production agreement with India's largest auto manufacturer, Zero Pollution has announced the beginning of a marketing push into the U.S.A.

Pre-orders for the air car will be taken in early 2008 on the Zero Pollution website, and initial U.S. deliveries for a 6-seater, 4-door, 75 hp, dual-energy MDI Air Car are anticipated for 2010.

The air car has also been one of the first entries in the multi-million dollar Automotive XPrize competition, which aims to reward innovators and inspire a new generation of super-efficient, 100mph+ vehicles to help free mankind from its oil addiction.

Check out our original look at the air car for more information on the amazing multifunction compressed air engine, as well as more information about the air car's development.

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28 Comments

.. our new car? ...

Bob M

Well look it is coming to this country this coming year. a car to run on compress air, and you can tell the oil compies to take a hike and keep all that gas money in your saving account. It is about time. So read it an rejoice. This has been around for a long time. Enrico Granse

Facebook User

I\'m cheerfully optimistic about these cars! But realistically I know its going to be difficult to deal with the oil conglomerates. Even if the car makes it to the market, they will probably find ways to hinder or destroy the Air car. Probably by preventing gas stations from purchasing the air compressing stations. IMO the hybrids were an acceptable compromise to their profits, because either way we are stuck using oil.

*Crosses fingers hoping I\'m wrong

Dan Allen

I will believe this when I see it. This car has been promised for years now, and as I believe compressed air tech will never make it, I think after all the beat ups that it will never happen! The compression required is near impossible to obtain economically. A standard garage air compressor delivering 160 psi uses heaps of electricity, imagine what a compressor pumping out 1400 psi would cost to run and maintain, makes no sense at all.

Ernest Langmaid

Dan Allen:

Makes no sense at all???

You can buy a \"personal\" 5,000 psi compressor for around $3K for filling SCUBA tanks (to around 3,000 psi) that you can stick in your garage. This technology has been around for decades.

Mark Mitsch

Dan, I have been selling commercial air compressors from my automotive machinery company for years, and know what I am talking about.

Although you can put a lot of pressure in to a small scuba tank, (again with enormous energy loss through heat) try doing that quickly and cheaply in tanks of the size fitted to these cars. It\'s laughable!

Ernest Langmaid

You forgot to mention that this and the bigger model were originally scheduled for release 3 years ago now! It wont happen.

Ernest Langmaid

My full sized Compressed Natural Gas van stores it\'s fuel at 3000 psi, most systems are 3600 psi and at $2/gas gallon equivalent I would describe it as economically viable. Now if we could stop fracturing shale for the gas and ramp up biogas production we would a little better off, it\'s always something though isn\'t it which I guess is a lot of what this site is about. I like the little air cars and late or not they look like a welcome break from oil.

Keith Aderholdt

A vapor, I mean airware. 2010 is now. Where is my air car? Only links to Zero Pollution evaporated.

nehopsa

www.zeropollutionmotors.us = \"404 not found\"... that doesn\'t bode well if they can\'t even afford to pay the $99 a year to keep a static webpage going.

matthew.rings

When will the masses wise up and start applying what they already know? It takes energy to do work. Moving people\'s fat arsses and empty heads around takes energy. It doesn\'t come free. The costs of compressing are is not free, never was and still isn\'t. For some reason people insist on believing that there is a free ride or were just one breakthrough away from solving our energy needs. With the dream of a break through coming any day now , we continue to fill the atmosphere with tonnes upon tonnes of co2 at an ever excelerating rate. We are globally betting the planet that we are smarter than the evidence shows.

offthegrid

Regarding range: we have a coffee can-sized micro turbine (that runs on gas, ethanol, E85, diesel and CNG). It sips fuel, is scalable to the size of vehicle and delivers very high electrical power (for its size/weight) either directly or through a battery pack. BTW, it operates at about 60dB.

This could be the perfect range extender for any of these vehicles since you can effectively charge on the fly; with range limited only by the size of fuel tank or the level of comfort of ones backside.

The X-Prize is great but let\'s be honest, if you are going to pay good money for a car you want it to be able to take you anywhere you want to go....

Muraculous

Compressed air is just another way to store energy. Someone is burning coal to make electricity to compress the air. Air heats up a lot when compressed (PV=nRT) and all that energy is wasted. Then when the air is used, it cools and any water will ice the engine, so it needs to be heated. This is another dumb idea to get people who don\'t understand physics all excited.

PizzaEater

I saw this car on Modern Marvels. I want one, I want one, I want one. This is the only car I would buy brand new.

Donna Sayles-Corbin

The air compressors could eventually be run by solar, wind, methane or any number of alternative energy sources. Then it would be truly green technology. For commuting to work and running errand around town, this would be perfect.

Steven Iverson

Some comments here correctly point out that compressed air is merely stored energy and that still may require use of fossil fuels to run the compressor.

There are two problems with that critique:

(1) Be moving the power generation to a place outside the vehicle, you are able to use more efficient forms of power generators than a 300 pound internal combustion engine. You can use hydro, wind, solar, and more efficient fossil fuel generation.

(1) As solar energy reaches parity in cost with fossil fuels, one can generate the electricity needed to run the compressors in a clean way. The compressed air will be just like a battery and, like a battery, be chargeable from clean solar power.

(This same argument will apply to plug-in hybrids, although those will have a non-green cost factor for recycling the batteries).

My back of the envelope calculations indicate that an \"average\" driver in a large city in the USA consumes about the same amount of energy each day in their car as they do in all other use of electricity (your mileage may vary, pun intended). That means that we should install as many solar panels for charging batteries and/or compressed air tanks to provide energy to move private vehicles in cities. Those solar panels should be available where the car is at the time it needs to be charges. I.e., at the work place.

Dennis Allard

This is why I am less and less of an environmentalist each year. This car \"uses a trickle of petrol to heat and compress more air...\" You can\'t extract a small amount of energy from gasoline and make it into a large amount of energy. That would mean energy was created from nothing. It\'s called conservation of energy, also known as the First Law of Thermodynamics. This is to all you environmentalists out there who blame oil companies for the suppression of \"alternative technologies:\" learn the difference between a perpetual motion scam and a vehicle that really works. Otherwise, your cause has the same credibility as witch craft.

TANSTAAFL

This car will never see the light of day in the US. The oil companies will do everything in their power to keep it from reaching our shores. You can bet on that. Did you try going to the companies web site? It\'s suspended. Hmmmmm!

George Worthington

et godt alternativ\" til el-bil..måske bedre

Facebook User

Just like \"Hydrogen Fuel\", this is another misleading confusion between an energy storage and transfer medium and an energy source. In making compressed air, there is a LOT of energy lost. It\'s in the way air compresses.

Batteries are a much more efficient and safe means of storing energy for use in mobile applications like vehicles and hand drills, etc. The folks suggesting this are either unlearned, mis-lead, or running a scam. I hope it\'s jsut that they don\'t know any better.

Compressed air can come from oil, coal, solar, wind, nuclear, etc JUST LIKE BATTERIES. It is NOT a conspiracy keeping the less efficient energy storage off the road.

I\'m a mechanical engineer and have run tests on things lie this. It\'s physics, not politics.

Facebook User

It is now 2011--WHERE IS the compressed air car promised by Zero Pollution Motors for 2010? Or, the French car already sold for 5 years in France and India, etc. by Mediani? Or, the Indian Tata Nano? Gas is so high now in the US, it\'s going up further because of the Middle East revolts, why does no one sell the fuelless compressed air cars in the US?

Facebook User

Sorry maybe i\'m not very possitive but ever hearing an aircar motorsound? That sound doesn\'t make a lot of succes to buy these cars! Q: Why not using a combination of batteries, PV-panels, comprss air and bio-fuel? Why not using combined windmills to make not only electricity but also storing compressed air? Very usefull as buffer making extra electricity whith less wind? Why does it all takes so long to get things done? (money)

José Maertens

A compressed air vehicle. Is that like riding a whoopee cushion?

teeduke

A micro turbine just has a higher horsepower to weight ratio than a piston engine, but for the same horsepower, is less efficient.

You\'re also in trouble if the air car leaks all the air out when you went drove some where. Got a big air compressor handy?

aviatrix

why cant i put up a windmill for generating electricty and sell it back to the power companies and on the otherhand why cant i build my owm compressed are vehicle to go downtown to buy groceries

Rock Helmer

This technology is old news, check out the photos of a Compressed Air car from 1929 in the Los Angeles County Library photo collection. We have had this technology for over 80 years now. Imagine how advanced that technology would be today if it evidently hadnt been squashed in 1929 (probably by Big Oil).

http://jpg3.lapl.org/pics02/00020513.jpg

Cwboy Trucker

Critics who think gasoline is the only energy source for automobiles had great grandfathers who were the last to drive a horse and buggy.

Sam McDonough

... ... ... where did it launch in the USA, I would like to drive one of these, so what up?

Joe Dynamo
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