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Alternative Cars and Trucks Coming to Market ANY DAY NOW!

Compressed air cars are to be launched in 2008 to 2010 in Australia, India and finally, the US.

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There are numerous alternative energies that are being developed and even refined for automobiles: natural gas, electric batteries, hydrogen... and we're hearing rumors of a couple new energy sources: salt water, regenerative braking and, more imminently: compressed air.

The head of Nissan was interviewed on CNBC in April, 2008 and he stated that hybrids are the best technology today, but the electric vehicle will be the standard by 2010.

I had a call from one of our readers, however, that pointed out that a new energy is hitting the market in 2008...compressed air. And it's not coming from the US or Japan, but those energetic engineers in India. Actually it was developed based on technology as old as the late 1800s, when compressed air was used in street cars and locomotives. By 1932, compressed air cars were cars were build using compressed air -- both 3-wheel and 4-wheel models. And in 1983, Terry Miller patented a car that ran on compressed air.

Compressed Air

This year, 2008, Tata Motors and Motor Development International (MDI) of Luxembourg have jointly developed the world's first commercially-viable prototype of a compressed air car, named OneCAT.

Airtanks can be filled in 4 hours by plugging the car into a standard electrical plug. MDI plans to also design a gas station compressor, which would fill the tanks in 3 minutes. Air replaces gasoline costs and, of course, it has no fossil fuel emissions. It does use energy to compress the air, and thus, has cost, pollutant emissions, and greenhouse gas emissions from the generation of the electricity used.

The TaTa/MDI OneCAT is a five seat vehicle that can run at 62 mph for 56 miles in urban cycle. It is actually a dual fuel car that claims to be more efficient than any present Hybrid cars.

Tata Motors is a multinational corporation headquartered in Mumbai, India. It is India's largest passenger automobile and commercial vehicle manufacturing company. Part of the Tata Group, it is one of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles. www.tata.com

MDI Air Car Designers of the car with a compressed air engine. Includes details of the technology and images of the car. theaircar.com

Zero Pollution Motors - Air Car

This is the expected performance of the revolutionary compressed air vehicle that Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) is introducing to North America. zeropollutionmotors.us

More info at Wikipedia ... with a whole passel of "future automobiles" listed!



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