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Posted on 04-17-12 at 15:12

What will the oil companies do to stop them?

It’s a car engine that works with air. It’s true! Air is not gas or diesel or electric, but only the air around us.

Tata Motors in India foresees that this car will go through the Indian streets in August 2012.

This compressed air car, developed by an ex Formula 1 engineer, Guy N.. from MDI based in Luxembourg, uses compressed air to push the pistons of its engine.

This compressed air car called “Mini CAT” could cost around 365757 Rupees in India (CDN$8,177).

The Mini CAT is simply a light urban vehicle with a tubular frame, a fibreglass body that is glued, not welded and fed with compressed air. A microprocessor is used to control all the electric components. A small radio transmitter dispatches instructions to headlights, flashers and all other electrical devices of the car.

The temperature of the air released by the exhaust pipe is between 0-15 degrees below zero, which makes it suitable for a use with the interior conditioning system without gas or loss of power.

There are no key, only an access card that the car can read from your pocket. According to the creators, it costs less than 50 Rupees per 100 km, which is about one tenth of the cost of a car running on gas. Its mileage is approximately double of the most advanced electric car, a factor that makes it the ideal choice for the urban drivers. The car has a top speed of 105 km per hour or 60 mph and has an autonomy of around 300 km or 185 miles. Filling up the car can be done at service stations equipped with special air compressors. It will only take two to three minutes to fill up at a cost of approximately 100 Rupees and the car will be good for another 300 kilometres.

This car can also be filled at home with its on-board compressor and will take three to four hours to fill; can be done while you sleep.

Because it does not have a combustion engine, the change of 1 liter of vegetable oil is only necessary at every 50,000 km or 30,000 miles. Thanks to its simplicity, there is very little maintenance to be done on this car.

This car seems almost too good to be true.

We will see in the August 2012...

Source: Magazine "Science et Avenir" May/June 2008

By Olivier Hertel