You have heard of the car that can run on water. Now, there is this car that runs on compressed air. Sound too good to be true? Not really. Indian automaker Tata Motors has already signed a deal with MDI (Moteur Development International), a French company to produce these cars for the Indian market. MDI is a small family owned company headed by an ex-Formula One racer named Guy Negre.
With a top speed of 110 km/h (about 68 miles/hr), this car can go up to 150 km (approx 92 miles) on one tank of compressed air. Refueling takes about 4 hours at home using a electric pump or about 2 minutes at specially equipped gas stations. It comes with 3 seats and a small storage space at the back. It is only 2.63m in length. It took almost 14 years of research and development time to make this car a reality for Guy Negre.
Other poluted countries could soon follow the Indian example and sign deals with MDI. The "Zero Pollution Car" as it is being referred to by environmentalists, will definitely make a mark if it is successful in India. Imagine spending almost nothing to fill your car and also helping the environment.
In the future, it is possible that hybrid versions of this air powered cars could soon be in the market. Instead of Electric-Gas Hybrid, other combinations could be Electric-Air or Solar-Air Hybrids.
Get ready, the automotive world is about to change. Innovations are going to make it possible for viable combinations of powering automobiles previously thought as impossible.
Jim Letap is the lead editor of HybridAutoInfo.com, which provide consumers with information on the latest developments in the field of fuel efficient and alternative power source vehicles. For more information, visit http://www.hybridautoinfo.com