It's no joke, the first factory production
air cars will debut in India in the summer of 2008 as the first
affordable zero emission cars (update BBC
2/13/2008). As an alternative to combustion engine cars it may even
trump electric cars with affordability and simplicity.
cars get certification in France 2010.
|Watch the "The Air Car"
video on YouTube.
An ex-Union Civil War general in the
1890's designed air powered locomotives that ran in New York City.
|Air propulsion, "...the safest,
cleanest, most accessible and most economical energy medium
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with little known and fascinating history of air propulsion
with illustrations and photos along with the latest news and
Air cars being produced in India run on compressed
air stored in carbon-fiber tanks can reach speeds of 68 mph and
has a range of about 125 miles. They come with an on-board plug
in electric air compressor to recharge the tank in about 4 hrs.
at home or in route recharging in a few minutes at stations equipped
with special super air compressors. Innovative and appropriate low
tech. air compressing methods are being developed such as wind mills,
river current and wave motion compressors.
Light weight construction gives air cars the affordability,
speed and range necessary as viable transportation. Batteries determine
the cost and range of electric cars. Lead acid batteries are relatively
inexpensive at a few hundred dollars but are very heavy and limits
range to about 30 miles. New technology like lithium batteries increase
the range to 100 to 300+ miles but are prohibitively expensive at
many thousands of dollars and come equipped only in cars costing
$30,000 to $100,000+.
Compared to other alternative powered vehicles and
fuel ideas being hyped today, like electric, hydrogen, bio-diesel
etc., air car's low tech. solution approach I think scales better.
If a solution is not going to work for people in Mumbai or rural
Bolivia, it probably is not going to work for me in the long run
here in northeast Washington State.
I'm looking forward to a light weight air powered
bicycle for cruising around my place and the neighborhood.