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Are you ready for an Engine that Runs on Air?

Posted in Alt Fuels, Car Tech, Cars, Emissions by will bee | November 15th, 2007 | 4 Responses |

Introduced at Barcelona in 2003 by the French company Motor Development International, or MDI Enterprises as they are known now, the air powered engine appears closer than ever to coming to market. The question for many is will they find a market for such unique and questionable (to some) auto?
The idea seems simple but engineers have been working on designing an engine that runs on air since the 19th century. MDI Enterprises engine runs on compressed air, has a top speed of 70 mph and a range of 125 miles. When the tanks run dry (or preferably before that happens) all you do is plug in the electric air compressor that comes with the cars purchase and allow it to refill the tanks. A fill-up takes approximately 4 hours at a cost of $2.50.
To learn more about the Compressed Air Fueled Engine and the cars designed to be driven by them take a look at the videos below.

Here is another informative video by CNN:

So is $10,000 too much to spend on a daily commuter car that costs $5 per week to operate? For those without access to mass transit or a safe biking route to their daily labors the miniCAT and its Compressed Air Engine are a big idea that may have a future… or may fizzle into thin air.
What do you think? Are you ready to be air-driven to work in a tiny three-seater?

Source:[International Herald Tribune]

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4 Responses

  1. Shawn says:

    So where do I get one?

  2. will bee says:

    MDI Enterprises is currently in neogotiations with an Indian car manufacturer to build and sell their miniCAT and CAT models with the Air Fueled Engine.

    So for the time being you might need to either update your Passport or see if you AND your job can get outsourced over to India.

    But don’t feel bad. I think it would make a fine commuter car for work and would not mind having one myself.

  3. Lon Ball says:

    Will separate power plants be offered for sale? I would rather build my own chassis and bodywork in my own garage than take in the likes of their box. Why are the commuter concept cars so vertical with so much frontal area. At 70 mph, there is incredible drag on such a grossly ugly and inefficient design. These days, a light weight compressed air engine would provide design hacks with great home projects for develpoment of a new paradigm of transporation. The commercialization of this type of concept car is way ahead of an appropriate curve. How about a motorcycle retrofit for example as a beginning to prove out the powerplant.

  4. john says:

    I am intrigued but where can I find air powered motors with this kind of output for other applications