2/22/2008

106mpg Air Car comes to U.S. by 2010

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 11:26 am

A company named Zero Pollution Motors plans on bringing a car powered by air to the U.S. sometime in 2009 or 2010. The six pistons in the Air Car’s engine are pushed by compressed air rather than gasoline combustion, an idea developed by F1 race car engineer Guy Negre. The car carries a compressor, making it possible to fill its compressed air tank by plugging it into an electrical outlet. At low speeds, the engine is cranked solely by air from the tank. At high speeds, it uses gasoline to heat a chamber, giving the air pushing the pistons more pressure. In high speed mode, it also compresses air to put into the cylinders. According to its initial, estimated specifications, the Air Car will go 848 miles with an 8 gallon tank of gas. The size of the compressed air tank isn’t included in the specifications. Further, the car has a top speed of 96mph, with its powerplant putting out 75 horsepower. When traveling at low speeds, the car has zero emissions, while in high speed mode it has some emissions due to its use of gasoline.

 

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