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Directory:Air Cars

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Directory of cars that run on the power of compressed air. Related resources.


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Latest: Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Engines / Directory:Air Cars > Directory:Massive Yet Tiny (MYT) Engine > MYT Engine on 2001 Ford Focus on Air - Prior to making a major announcement in the coming days, Angel Labs is releasing some archival photos and videos of a 2005 press conference and of a 2001 Ford Focus modified to run on their 14-inch engine in 2004, using air. That MYT engine had previously run on diesel. (PESN and BeforeItsNews April 18, 2011)
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Air Cars: A New Wind for America's Roads? - Zero Pollution Motors is betting consumers will be willing to fork over $20,000 for a vehicle that can motor around all day on nothing but air and a splash of salad oil, alcohol or possibly a pint of gasoline. (Yahoo Finance Oct. 30, 2008) (Thanks Congress:Member:Gary Vesperman)

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Latest: Directory:Air Cars / Directory:Magnet Motors >Directory:Magnetic Air Car, Inc. - The Magnetic Air Car uses three on-board substations to build and harness compressed air. "A battery starts a magnetic motor… which in turn drives a small but powerful on-board air compressor. The air flow is then tubocharged and multiplied." (PESWiki Oct. 14, 2008)
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Directory:MDI Air Car - The MDI Air Car uses compressed air to push its engine’s pistons, can hit 68 mph, has a range of 125 miles, and can be refuelled in a few minutes with custom air compressors at a cost of around $2. Will be available in France late 2009. Tata Motors of India is also planning to produce these zero-emissions cars.

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Directory:EngineAir - Elegant minimalist design eliminates most of the working parts traditionally associated with internal combustion engine offers close to 100% energy efficiency for a variety of transport and stationary applications. - FlowAirOne (English)

The Engine - How CAT (Compressed Air Technology) works

The Car (Español)

Research & Development

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Latest: Directory:Alternative Fuels > Directory:Air Cars > Directory:Air Fuel Synthesis - A British company has produced a "petrol from air" technology that they suppose is poised to solve the energy crisis while removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The very fact that the mainstream press is giving it wide coverage tells you that it is not likely to be transformational. (PESWiki October 24, 2012)
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Directory:Electric Vehicles / Directory:Fuel Efficiency / Directory:Air Cars > Air hybrid vehicles could halve fuel consumption - New research suggests that pneumatic or air hybrids that store braking energy as compressed air would be much cheaper to produce than the current crop of EVs and battery-electric hybrids and could halve the fuel consumption of ICE powered vehicles. (Gizmag February 7, 2011)

The future of fuel could be...air? - Students at Clarkson University in New York have been assigned a project by their professor to build a compressed air vehicle, with hopes that eventually they will build an engine strong enough to power a full sized car. (10Now 05/13/2006)

Buyer Beware

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Latest: Directory:Buyer Beware / Directory:Fuel Efficiency > Directory:Fuel Efficiency Retrofits > Directory:Air Cars > Air4Zero's Compressed Air Claims Defy Logic - A company named Air4Zero claims to have a conversion kit that can allow any car to run on compressed air. Their claims of zero cost per fueling, a 20,000 to 50,000 mile range, and a method of continually recycling the compressed air are bold, to say the least. (PESN and BeforeItsNews August 29, 2011)

In the News

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Template: 43: Directory:Air Cars > Directory:MDI Air Car > $10,000 Car Runs On Air - On October 9 MDI unveiled its answer to the need for clean air and urban mobility - the AIRPod. With its low price, zero pollution, high range and playful and futuristic design, the AIRPod marks a turning point in the nexus of automobile and urban transportation. And it will cost less than a Euro per 200 km to operate and will leave no one stuck in traffic jam. (CNN / (via BIN) Oct. 27, 2010)
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Go-Karting Goes Green With Compressed Air - Students modified a snowmobile engine to run on compressed air stored in two scuba tanks, producing power similar to a gas engine. They attached the engine to a go-kart that can go 43 km/h full out. Although it runs out of air quickly, the zero local emissions make it attractive for indoor operations and the tanks are easy to refill. (EcoFriend June 11, 2008)

Resources - Pneumatic Options Research Library - air car research since 1979

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