106mpg Creates Buzz

You’ve heard of hybrids, electric cars and vehicles that can run on vegetable oil. But of all the contenders in the quest to product the ultimate fuel-efficient car, this could be the first one to let you say, “fill it up with air”. 

That’s the idea behind the compressed air car, which backers say could achieve a fuel economy of 106 miles per gallon.

Plenty of skepticism exists, but with many americans trying to escape sticker shock at the gas pump, the concept is generating buzz.

The technology has been the focus of MDI, a European company founded in 1991 by a French inventor and former race car engineer.

New York-based Zero Pollution Motors is the first firm to obtain a license from MDI to produce the cars in the United States, pledging to deliver the first models in 2010 at a price tag of less than $18,000.

The concept is similar to how a locomotive works, except compressed air – not steam – moves the engine’s pistons.

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