Saturday, June 28, 2008

Air Car: Air-Powered Car from India

There's news of cars running on hydrogen fuel cells and the still present, yet unbelievable, water-powered cars in the news. The latest in today's race for a viable replacement of gas and diesel powered vehicles are cars running on compressed air to push the pistons.

When I was in Mumbai in 2004, while trying to tour the city to see the Gateway of India, UNESCO-listed Elephanta Cave and visit Mahatma Gandhi at Mani Bhavan, I also noticed the ubiquitous Tata cars practically everywhere in India.

Now, recent news are alloverthe place with Tata,India's largest car maker is planning to produce 6000 units of the zero-emissions Air Cars in August of this year.

Initially priced at $12,700, quite cheap and around the price of most cars in the market, the City CAT, the name of one of the initial models, claimed to hit 68 mph and a range of 125 miles. Refueling can be done ina few minutes for the CityCAT at gas stations equipped with custom air compressor units.

Estimated cost of re-fueling is $2 for the car’s carbon-fiber tanks with 340 liters of air at 4350 psi. There also is a built-in compressor to refill the tanks in about 4 hours using conventional electric power.

Most of all, the car is a true zero emissions vehicle friendly to the environment!

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