The Air-Powered Car is a Reality

The question, as WorldChanging's Adam Stein says, is whether it works well enough. A company called Zero Pollution Motors claims that its new, improved model will go 848 miles on one tank of compressed air.
September 19, 2008, 10am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"As an energy storage mechanism, compressed air has certain built-in advantages over lithium ion batteries. An air tank is far cheaper than a battery, quicker to charge, and easy to maintain.

On the flip side, the air-powered car suffers from the same problems that have doomed so many other attempts to move beyond the internal combustion engine: limited range and a lack of refueling infrastructure. Zero Pollution Motors claims to have addressed the range issue with the addition of a small fuel-powered heater, which boosts the efficiency of the air engine. Although the heater gives the lie to the "zero pollution" claim, such a system still represents a considerable efficiency improvement over conventional gasoline-driven cars."

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Published on Thursday, September 18, 2008 in WorldChanging
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