The Air Car

We’ve covered the new Prius hybrid and the Chevy Volt, electric bicycles, and C,mm,n, (a new kind of vehicle that could run on an electric grid system)… what’s next? 

The car that runs on AIR.


Okay, so it looks kind of like a futuristic clown car. (Don’t worry, there are other models!) But this little pod on wheels could revolutionize transportation in a huge way.

The Air Car is a product of  Motor Development International (MDI), a project initiated and directed by CEO Guy Negre.  Negre and his team of  engineers produced their first compressed air engines back in 1996, and have been perfecting the design ever since. The essence of the Air Car is the motor:  a “mono-energy” engine which operates strictly on fresh, clean, compressed air stored at high pressure.  The air is compressed by a generator, and the generator can be run, not on gasoline, but on air, essentially making the fuel source for this vehicle an endless and renewable cycle.

Technically speaking, this is how it works:

“Air cars using this engine will have tanks that will probably hold about 3,200 cubic feet (90.6 kiloliters) of compressed air. The vehicle’s accelerator operates a valve on its tank that allows air to be released into a pipe and then into the engine, where the pressure of the air’s expansion will push against the pistons and turn the crankshaft. This will produce enough power for speeds of about 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour. When the air car surpasses that speed, a motor will kick in to operate the in-car air compressor so it can compress more air on the fly and provide extra power to the engine. The air is also heated as it hits the engine, increasing its volume to allow the car to move faster.*”

The Air Car is set to be produced in the US by Zero Pollution Motors, and distributed sometime in late 2009/early 2010, according to Popular Mechanics.

Compressed Air Engine

Compressed Air Engine

Other Models

Other Models

Guy Negre in one of his Air Cars

Guy Negre in one of his Air Cars

*source:  “How the Air Car Works” by Christopher Lampton


One Response

  1. This is kewl. i sure hope this gets off the ground.

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