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The world''s first commercial compressed air-powered vehicle is rolling towards the production line. The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Nègre, will be built by India's largest automaker, Tata Motors.


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Tia P (7)
Friday June 1, 2007, 3:02 pm
Awsome! I want one!

Past Member (0)
Friday June 1, 2007, 5:01 pm
This is a great idea for a car...but why does it have to look so ugly.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 1, 2007, 6:19 pm
Hahah, it does look ugly!! I would like one!!

Kirsten G (3)
Friday June 1, 2007, 10:53 pm
Oh my gosh, *_*, it's adorable because it's so ugly. =D I love it!! I want one!!.................It's so special with its's a car like no's awesome.

Past Member (0)
Friday June 1, 2007, 11:39 pm
Who cares if its ugly? Do you want a planet to live on or a beautiful care and be dead in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Suoer idea!!!!!!!!!

Be busy-Get busy-Plant seeds-Grow trees...............................

Suzanne Oxley (0)
Saturday June 2, 2007, 7:03 am
Very interesting indeed. Had not heard about this.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 3:12 am
ALL RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

j c (1)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 4:09 am
hope they are making sustainable renewable powered re-filling stations too.

Leslie Stewart (17)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 6:29 am
Who cares what it looks like! They ought to make these mandatory on our barrier islands and vacation spots.

Robert J (32)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 10:43 am
Umm...aesthetics is important. Not everyone makes decisions based soley on sustainability or we wouldn't be in the mess we're in now. Green technology has to be attractive to the masses or it won't work. We must be careful of thinking that us environmentalists can save the world all on our own. We need to change the way all of society thinks. THE CAR MUST BE ATTRACTIVE, BECAUSE THAT AFFECTS HOW MANY WILL SELL WHICH EFFECTS THE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT. I think that we can all agree that the environment is important...Man...That car is SO ugly. It looks like that wierdo Scion.

Freddy Ax (0)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 12:04 pm
Sounds good! As I recently turned 40, and still does not have a drivers license I pride myself with NOT having produced about 75 tons of co2. The car looks ok - not great but ok.

L Kinzenbaw (1)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 1:08 pm
Great idea.

Jillian Kallman (5)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 1:55 pm
I hope some form of this car is created for the U.S. too and meets crash test standards. Regardless of looks, I want one! :-)

Rabbit R (85)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 3:28 pm
It's not that ugly. Just the orange color. The silver on the news story page is better. Still it's a great idea and about time.

David Gould (155)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 4:26 pm
The Oil people will not be pleased. Lets get them out there and lets all have one.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 6:17 pm
The big oil companies will do everything in their power to stop this, they've done it in the past! Logic & reasoning tells me and anyone else worth their salt the oil companies would lose financially like they never have before.
The U.S. has long been political buddies to oil rich countries such Saudia Arabia and others. All the U.S. government has to do is not allow this car to be imported to this country for any number of reasons.....And they will do it unless their is some financial incentive in the picture for the US and those making these cars.

The only way to get around this stoppage is for the demand from the American people, and the overwhelming demand would be the cost of gas and obviously the enviromental advantage.

Finally if these cares are ugly who on earth should care if it saves money and contributes to a cleaner environment.............Why care so much if you want your children to have an earth worth living in!

This a chance of a lifetime for the environment and stop the oil countries from politically holding oil over our head..........................

Plant seeds
Grow trees
For Mother Earth
And her animals..............................

Roxanne Phillips (210)
Sunday June 3, 2007, 10:33 pm
Wow! That's impressive!!! We need to find a way to support this and bring it to our country despite the damn oil companies and their greed.

Jon T (59)
Monday June 4, 2007, 9:17 am
Not bad but it doesn't say in the article how much electricity it requires to fill it up. It needs a description of how many miles you get per KWh to see if it is actually any better than an efficient petrol car or if it is outperformed by electric cars.

Mylene Dunlap (148)
Monday June 4, 2007, 11:03 am
I am anxious to see more details too. Are we creating polution in the manufacruting of the compressed air? How is all this done? I hope to see more articles posted about this.

Steve B (197)
Monday June 4, 2007, 11:43 am
It takes a lot of energy to compress air. I'm all for innovation in transportation, but don't expect motors driven by compressed air to solve very many problems.

Sue J (1)
Tuesday June 5, 2007, 4:55 am
I read about this alternative fuel source engine from, it's a great website for those of us who are willing to take the time to report prices in ou hometowns!

Nuraini A (41)
Wednesday June 6, 2007, 9:40 pm
let's see, 125 miles is about 200 km. that's two-fifths of what i get with my conventional petrol car. so for one petrol tank of approx. 37 litres of fuel (for my normal full tank refill), this car requires 2-3 trips to the petrol station's air compressor for a few minutes each. i reckon if somebody can work out how much electricity it takes to operate a standard air compressor present at retail stations (the one for filling up tyre air pressure) for say, 15 minutes at the rate it takes to inflate a flat tyre, you'd get a reasonable estimate with some conservatism built in.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 7, 2007, 4:16 am
I don't drive at all but, I'm amazed how many here are quibbling over how the car looks, how man mph. I see the biggest concern should be cleaner air, no dependence on the oil rich arabs. The world is at a point where concerns should be getting from here to there that does not contribute to global warming............You can no longer have your cake and eat it too..........If this car runs on air go for it and profit is the last thing anyone should be thinking of!
Afterall, do you want to walk to wherever or drive no matter if the car doesn't look like a mercedes or runs like a car at the Indy 500............Common sense has got to prevail!

Think of tomorrow-
Plant seeds
Grow trees
Make a forest
For Mother Nature
And her animals..............................

Gary Tulie (0)
Thursday June 7, 2007, 9:45 am
European oil companies are now keen to get on the renewable - energy efficiency bandwagon., as such, it is entirely possible that one of them will invest in production of the air car. Why? Because there will always be a market for oil, and alternative profits are available from these new technologies. By investing now in the technologies which are beginning to replace oil, they are getting a head start on the competition.
Incidentally, petrol (gasoline) is around $7 per US gallon in the UK, so offering an incentive to more efficient transport.

Past Member (0)
Monday June 11, 2007, 1:11 am
heck yeah ,i have a short commute of 6 mi each way and live in the stix .no one lives my way for car pooling .and i would take the horse to work but they don`t have a love to get one .don`t think it will ever gety off the ground here big oil will stop it for sure. as far as the air charge .why not use a wind power mill for the compressor and then use the mill to power up you house as well.sounds green to me .the only drawback would be the cost!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 12, 2007, 11:26 am
Nope it's ugly, my husband would never go for something that looks like a space bus or is a good idea for the way it runs...I am all for saving the environment but make it look more like a regular car not an some space invention. I think they should think more about marketability of the look. My parents are older and they would NEVER EVER buy something that looked like that no matter if was better for the environment or gas milage etc. So if you want every one on the same bandwagon to change to eviornmental friendly cars there better be more than one body style. That is just the reality of how people are. My parents would probably call that a freak mobile and mistrust it because of misguided information. There are alot of people like that. I do love the idea though.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 11, 2014, 9:54 am
Very cool+cute too!
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