From an email from cousin Dale :
All I can say is, “WOW!”
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
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 India or $8,177 US.
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 ($1.78 CAD!) 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.
Links seem to be malfunctioning on my computer
Tata stole the idea.
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Herb, this Tata air car info is years old. Notice, it's not dated - a sure sign it's a fake.
Not a fake. I've been following the compressed air engine/car for 5 years or more. Tata has intended to produce the car, but I'm not sure they've gotten anywhere.
The prototypes in Luxembourg do exist and have equaled or exceeded the specs above.
If the specs and the cost hold up, I'll be first in line to buy if it comes to the US.
Maybe not a fake, but it's not current news, either.
You want a big explosion? Puncture a compressed air tank. The air just keeps expanding.
The only way this car could be economical for India is if they can find some way to generate enough electricity to power the compressors and develop a reliable grid to distribute it. These are huge current issues in India. In this case, it would probably make a lot more sense for them just to work on developing electric cars for domestic use that use central charging stations or solar power.