For more than a century, air cars have remained a quixotic quest of engineers—an idealistic exercise with little long-term likelihood of entering mass production. As fuels go, air has obvious ...
Tired of high gas prices? How about a car that runs on compressed air!
A compressed air car is a compressed air vehicle that uses a motor powered by compressed air. The car can be powered solely by air, or combined (as in a hybrid electric vehicle) with gasoline , diesel , ethanol , or an electric plant with regenerative braking .
Gasoline is already the fuel of the past. The search is on, but what will the fuel of the future be? Zero Pollution Motors, LLC predicts air compression. Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) is poised to produce the first compressed air-powered car for sale in the United States by mid-2019.
Air? At first glance, the idea of running a car on air seems almost too good to be true. If we can use air as fuel, why think about using anything else? Air is all around us. Air never runs out. Air is nonpolluting. Best of all, air is free. Unfortunately, air alone can't be used as a fuel.
The Toyota Mirai (meaning 'future' in Japanese) will soon be available in the UK for £63,000, will have a range of 300 miles, and can have its tank filled with hydrogen fuel in just ten minutes.
Guy Negre is a French researcher working a new kind of car. It will be powered by compressed air. It can supposedly reach highway speeds. And it can travel 200 miles on a single tank of compressed air. It's an interesting idea. And it's attracting investors. India's Tata Motors says it will produce an air-powered car soon.
Refilling the automobile will, once the market develops, take place at adapted petrol stations to administer compressed air. In two or three minutes, and at a cost of approximately 2 dollars (1.5 Euros), the car will be ready to go another 125-175 miles (200-300 km).
When the air car surpasses that speed, a motor will kick in to operate the in-car air compressor so it can compress more air on the fly and provide extra power to the engine. The air is also heated as it hits the engine, increasing its volume to allow the car to move faster [source: Cornell].