This is the MiniCAT, the world's first production vehicle powered by compressed air. It will travel between 120-180 miles, have a top speed of 63mph, and comes with a small compressor that can plug into a 220V line and refill its tanks in 3 or 4 hours. Petrol stations in India plan on putting in compressors that will do the same thing in two minutes or so at a cost of less than two dollars. It also requires one liter of vegetable oil, which should last for 30,000 miles or so.
They're air-conditioned by using the exhaust air, which comes out of the car below freezing temperature. Presumably there's no heater, but for in-town driving even in Kansas City this car would be comfortably usable approximately eight months out of the year.
Here in the Most Advanced, Greatest Country In The World, however, car manufacturers are responding to the increased cost of gasoline by touting those vehicles they make with great gas mileage - 31 mpg (highway)* or 33 mpg (highway)!!
Yippee! It's amazing how cars made today tend to get the same, if not worse, gas mileage than my 1985 Dodge Omni POS. Whenever an alternative technology - alternative to the ancient internal combustion engine, that is - is discussed in the USA, people always wonder if consumers will buy it.
Not if we're never given the option, we won't. We won't move to new technologies if American corporations never try them. We certainly won't do it if the Federal government keeps rewarding people for buying intentionally wasteful vanity vehicles like Hummers.
I wonder, when Americans are glad to have call-center jobs outsourced from India and China, and we're eating artificial Corn-estra kernals from cardboard cobs because all actual corn is used to make fuel for the 10% of Americans who can afford cars, will the cornerstone of every campaign for federal office still be the candidates' passionate belief that the USA is the greatest country the world has ever seen?
*That's HIGHWAY mileage. On a flat road. With a tailwind, the air off, windows rolled up, no passenger seating or spare tire and a driver that weighs 100 pounds.