I wrote about cars powered by compressed air back in 2008. Turning such innovative prototypes into products of sustainable businesses is quite difficult.
This new attempt to produce cars powered by compressed air has an innovative design with a joystick instead of a drivers wheel. The AirPod is being developed in France. Compressed air has been used to power trams in France since the 19th century.
The AirPod has a range of 150 to 200 km and a top speed for 80 km per hour. The cost will be about US$10,000.
They claim the cost per mile is about 1/3rd of that for electric vehicles. It is nice that we have engineers around the globe continually working on new uses of technology to provide us better options for living.
I hope such cars can be a success. It does seem to me electric cars seem the more likely large scale success but it is good to have people seeking out innovative solutions.
Related: Compressed Air Powered Car Webcast (2008) – Self Driving Cars Have Huge Potential for Benefit to Society – Engineers Save a Life, With Safe Car Design – Toyota Scion iQ (2011) – Car Style Mass Transit Mag Lev System (2009)