NY Will Make Air Car in 2010

. Saturday, August 30

Introducing the air car. It touts 106 mpg by using a combination of compressed air and gasoline. Zero Pollution Motors of NY has obtained a license from MDI, a European company who's vice president, Shiva Vencat, is also the CEO of Zero Pollution Motors. The car will hit US markets at a sticker price below $18,000 for a six-seater that will go up to 90 mph, giving it about an 800 mile range on one 8 gallon tank of gas. The car is built of fiberglass, injected foam and an aluminum undercarriage with the parts glued together to make it as light as possible. Only prototypes of the car currently exist with higher gas mileage only a theory, though it is supposed to pass safety testing.

6 comments:

The Natural State Hawg said...

I want one! If it works, that'll be a hell of a thing.

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Theresa Komor said...

I think their announcement was putting the cart in front of the horse! No better place to test a vehicle on extreme elements like salt on the roads than in NY though. Imagine what it would be like if the salt rotted the glue and the car falls apart going down the road! Miles per gallon won't matter much then. LOL

That is one fugly car though.

Grandy said...

Hey you changed your look over here!!

That car's max speed is 90 but how cool to get so much MPG. Seems like the sticker price isn't bad either.

Theresa Komor said...

Grandy, I wanted a more polished look. Think it looks better?

I rarely go faster than 80, though some fly by me going that speed. The limit here is 70, so there's some room to fly. But still, I think I'll wait to see just how long they last before I throw money at one though.

Jeff said...

I've often wondered how long it would take before something like this took off. Another thing not discussed here is the obvious lack of forces due to gravity. There is far less holding this thing to the road. Aerodynamics will play a huge part in keeping this from taking off. (I don't think that I just contradicted myself...) Also, more likely will be hydroplaning and simple high speed roll over due to winds. It is safe to assume that they know all about this but I'm not sure how they will cover their bases relative to safety. Durability will surely be an issue also as others have pointed out.

Theresa Komor said...

Jeff, to me it looks about as aerodynamic as a Ford Escort! Top heavy, not much of a wheel base, too high off the ground. How would a glass roof do in a rollover? The article said it passed all US Safety Standards, but...