The MDI MiniCat Compressed Air Car runs on…ah…air. Well strictly speaking there will be two versions, one which runs on air alone and a hybrid which will use air for urban about town stuff, and an eco fuel for longer distance, more high speed journeys. Priced at around €6,860 and at €1.5 for a three minute refill, a pretty cool option as long as you don’t mind driving atop a compressed tank. 150 km range, 110 km top speed. The Koreans are also looking at this tech, I seem to remember. [Thanks Gary]
Compressed air tanks have already been proven safe by one of our partners EADS(AIRBUS). This company’s reputation in the aeronautical field is unprecedented, given the reliability of its tanks. What’s more, the compressed air does not present any risk of explosion. Countless test have been carried out in the most extreme conditions (gun shoots, resistance to fire…) to guarantee passenger safety in every possible condition. The high pressure tanks have been developed using a similar technology to those used in natural gas vehicles and by firefighters. All are produced with carbon fiber over plastic.