Monday, August 17, 2015

Where is my Compressed-Air Minivan?

May 1, 2015, the AIRPod made a splash in "Shark Tank" when it earned a $5 million pledge. Can compressed air engines truly power a passenger car? The technology is over a century old. Has it been repressed like so many other alternative power sources? How clean is it truly?

Will Compressed Air Power Tomorrow's Cars?
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Could the future of automobiles be compressed air engines rather than ones fueled by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells?

The AIRPod

Motor Development International of France designed the AIRPod. It's a small three-wheeled city car that seats a driver in the front and two rear-facing passengers in the back. It has no pedals or steering wheel. Rather, a joystick controls this car. Range is about 100 miles with a top speed of 50 mph. Built mostly from resin and fiberglass, the AIRPod weighs a mere 600 pounds. ZPM hopes to sell them by the end of 2015 for around $10,000

Image via Best Green Cars.

Learn about the history of compressed air engines, their real world possibilities and their limitations.

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