The Air Car
Back in the good ‘ol days when my brother Dave used to torture me for fun. He also had some good ideas. One such idea was to build a car powered by perpetual motion — something similar to that desk toy with the balls that just keep swinging back and forth.
I still think eventually we will get to that point, but until then, it looks like a company from Spain is getting close. The MiniC.A.T is the worlds first car to run on compressed air. Talk about zero pollution! Moteur Developpment International has just recently signed a deal with India’s largest automobile manufacturer and will soon begin mass production of the MiniCAT.
The engine is amazing as well as the electronics system:
The vehicle’s electric system is also revolutionary. MDI has bought a patent that is bound to reduce the important of electrical systems in all cars. The trick consists in using a small radio signal. The system makes the car 20 kilos lighter and considerably quieter.
MDI is also considering a system to replace traditional keys. This system would utilize an access card. With this card it would be possible to open the car from a short distance away without having to actually insert anything in the car.
Another amazing feature:
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.
So with this vehicle, you can pay approximately $2 for a fill-up and your car is ready to go another 180 miles (apparently that’s the approximate max hold capacity of the “fuel” tank). So that’s one draw-back (180 miles is far too few miles per tank). Another is the top speed — 68mph. Knowing the American infatuation with power and speed, it will take a lot for the society to decide that this type of vehicle will work for them.