Technology.am (May 30, 2009) — After the electric, hybrid and also a few solar motors, now engineers are focusing on air-powered vehicles. The Zero Pollution Motors has developed its own compressed-air car, which works by using an air compressor to pressurize air in the car’s tank.
The cost of this car will be around $18,000 to $20,000 when it arrives in the US by 2011.
When the air-powered car is driven at low speeds, the air is released, pushing the pistons up and down as in a conventional gasoline engine without the need for gasoline to provide combustion.
When the air-powered car is driven at higher speeds the ZPM uses a small conventional motor to heat up the air in order to release it more quickly, as well as to compress more air to extend the range of the car.
The compressed-air car will have seating for six people, fuel economy of 106mpg and 75hp from its six-cylinder engine, as well as a driving range of close to 850 miles.