I hadn’t heard about this before. The project was started by mechanical engineer Guy Negre who used to be in Formula One.
The concept is a car that uses compressed air as a fuel source. This is just a heads up, and I have to read more about it, but apparently Tata the big Indian car company will be building these zero emission cars. These types of cars is intended to be driven in overpopulated and particularly polluted cities. An american model will be available in 2010 made by zeroemission cars.
- Two minutes refill
- Mono-energy compressed-air in city, dual-energy on road
- Zero Pollution with mono-energy, 30g of CO2 with dual-energy
- 900Km road range with dual-energy, 100Km with mono-energy
- Car body monoblock made in fiberglass and external chassis for safety
Apparently this has been in the making for quite some time, here are some milestones:
1996 Compressed Air engines (1st generation).
1998 First cars (Green Taxi)
1999 “MDIs Industrial concept”
2000 Move to CARROS
2001 Dual-energy technology – “stop and go” piston
2002 Presentation of the MiniCATs at the‘Mondial de l’auto’
2003 New thermodynamic cycle (active chamber)
2005 Creation of the “cold combustion” cycle.
2006 Move to the model plant in CARROS
2007 Signature of the TATA Motors agreement – Development of the OneCATS
2008 Development of the OneCATS and preparation of the Model factory
2009 Launching of the OneCAT
It’s cool, I want one!
Read more here http://www.mdi.lu/english/