OK kids, a few days ago I promised you some exciting news on the first air car I
blogged on, (Air Cars 05/01/2008), by the next day. My bad, my apologies, but I
wanted some confirmation on it. Got it – here’s the scoop.
The French company MDI (Moteur Development International), has licensed ZPM (Zero
Pollution Motors) of New Paltz, N.Y., to produce the air powered car for North
America by early 2010. ZPM will build the first of several plants in the Northeast
(U.S.) for production of up to 10,000 Air Cars a year.
The retail price will be $17,800.00 (U.S.). (See me smiling?!)
ZPM wants the first production model to be a modified version of MDI’s CityCat.
Using compressed air to run it’s pistons, the Air Car has a supplemental energy
source of gas, ethanol, or biofuel in an 8 gallon tank that kicks in above 35
mph. To fuel a custom heat chamber which heats the air increasing the car’s volume
and thereby it’s range and speed and to run the on-board air compressor.
The Air Car will follow the same safety rules and regulations of all approved cars
driven in the United States. The car’s tubular body provides increased resistance in
the event of a crash. The air tank(s), located under the floor, is carbon fiber with a
thermoplastic lining. If damaged upon impact, it cracks and the air simply escapes
without any explosion, as there is no metal. Aerospace giant Air Bus industries will
manufacture the tanks for MDI.
The Air Car comes equipped with Air Bags and ABS braking.
Length – 13.4 ft
Width – 5.97 ft
Height – 5.74 ft
Seating – 6 seats
Trunk volume – 35 cubic ft
Weight – 1874 lbs
Engine – 6 Cyl.
Power – 75 hp
Max Speed – 96 mph*
Mileage – 106 mpg*
Range – 848 miles (8 gal tank) *
Co2 – 0.141 lbs/mile (at speeds >35mph; zero emissions at <35mph)
* estimated performance and subject to change
Standard Features will include:
Computer based screen display of vehicle control parameters
Full CFC-free A/C
Fully reclining driver’s seat
Power windows, door locks and mirrors
Deluxe AM/FM stereo with cassette and cd player, optional GPS
Rear window defogger
Concealed spare tire
All season 13-inch radial tires
A cold weather package will be available
Engine and Transmission Characteristics include:
Power source: Electronically injected compressed air
Oil volume and oil change interval: 0.8 liter at 50,000 miles
Engine mount: Rear
Transmission: Automatic, Continually Variable Transmission. Rear wheel drive.
Suspension: Front coil spring, rear pneumatic.
Steering mechanism: Rack and pinion.
Chassis and body materials: Aluminum and fiber glass.
Tanks: Thermoplastic lining and carbon fiber.
Compressed Air: 3200 ft3 @ 4500 psi
Charger: On board 5.5 kwh 110/220 v compressor generating 812 ft3 /hr.
ZPM said it would start taking reservations in early 2008, with delivery being
in early 2010. since it is now mid 2008, I have signed up for updates, so as
soon as I know, so will you.
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