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Motors Air Car Caught in Turbulence

Discussion in 'General' started by GreatOldOne, 29 Sep 2003.

  1. GreatOldOne

    GreatOldOne Wannabe Martian

    29 Jan 2002
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    This has been in development for years, but here's an update from Wired:

    Worried about rising gas prices and automobile pollution? Relax. If a European company has its way, cars could soon be running on air.

    By the end of this year, Moteur Developpment International, a 12-year-old company headquartered in Luxembourg, says it plans to distribute model fleets of so-called "air cars" in Spain and France.

    As the name implies, this is no ordinary car. It runs entirely on a stream of air delivered to a two-stroke engine. No gasoline, no pollution and no costly expenditures at the pump.

    Eventually, Guy Négre, the French inventor of an engine that runs on compressed air, hopes to establish an international network of local manufacturer-dealerships to sell "air cars" in urban areas.

    But without a constant stream of investment to develop the technology, the car may go no further than the test parking lot in Carras, France.

    More here

    I just hope that this doesn't die a death. It'd be a shame to see such a promising technology disapear.
  2. NuTech

    NuTech Well-Known Member

    18 Mar 2002
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    I remember reading about how a US government funded alternative fuel research lab in America, who where in the final stages of developing a water-powered affordable car. Apparently, once the government found out how close they were to achieving their goal (and realised what it would do to the fuel economy) they stopped the funding and took possession of all research.

    But I can't remember the source so it might just be the usual anti-America bull****.
  3. MarcelloRupelli

    MarcelloRupelli New Member

    30 Jul 2003
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    There's a lot of myths about that sort of thing. Someone invents car that runs on water, oil company buys the guy out and burns the plans. Never happened. Here's a great source of info on alternate power sources (alcohol, steam, etc.) http://www.mikebrownsolutions.com
  4. hydrogen18

    hydrogen18 Banned

    19 Jun 2002
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