Worlds First Air Powered Car
 
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Will the air powerd car be the next big thing? Tata Motors of India think it will be.

Will the oil companies try and kill the car?

The Air Car was developed by an ex-Formula One engineer.

Tata Motors has scheduled the Air Car for delivery for Indian streets



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It is an auto engine that runs on air. That's correct, air not gas or diesel, or electricity, but just the air around us.

The car uses compressed air to push its engine's pistons and make the car go. The Air Car, called the Mini CAT could cost around $8,177. The Mini CAT which is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis and a body of fibreglass that is glued not welded and powered by compressed air.

A Microprocessor is used to control all electrical functions of the car. One tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, turn signals and every other electrical device on the car. The temperature of the clean air expelled by the exhaust pipe is between 0-15 degrees below zero, which makes it suitable for use by the internal air conditioning system with no need for gases or loss of power.

According to the designers, it costs less than $1.20 per 62 miles, that's about a tenth the cost of a car running on gas. It's mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car, a factor which makes it a perfect choice for city motorists.

The car has a top speed of 60 mph and would have a range of around 185 miles between refuels.

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Refilling the car will take place at adapted gas stations with special air compressors. A fill up will only take two to three minutes and costs approximately $1.78 and the car will be ready to go another 180 miles.

This car can also be filled at home with it's on board compressor. It will take 3-4 hours to refill the tank, but it can be done while you sleep.

Because there is no combustion engine, changing the 1 litre of vegetable oil is only necessary every 30,000 miles. Due to its simplicity, there is very little maintenance to be done on this car.

Will this be our future transportation? Will the oil companies try to kill this car? Only time will tell.

 
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