Tata claims the car can reach speeds of 68 mph and travel up to 125 miles between charges. It was designed by MDI of Luxembourg, who hopes to license the design worldwide.
Tata's CityCAT model is expected to list for $12,700. The company hopes to have 6,000 cars on the streets by next year. Unfortunately, the design is too fragile to meet U.S. requirements, so don't expect to see one soon.
While this seems like a step forward, one has to question how the power used to compress the air is produced, and just how scalable such an energy source is. Nonetheless, it sounds like an idea well worth exploring. As the next presidential election cycle starts, perhaps the hot air produced could be put to some good use.
More coverage on Tata Motors and the Air Car from AutoblogGreen:
- February 8, 2007: India's Tata Motors, France's MDI announce agreement to bring Air Car to U.S.
- March 21, 2007: Agreement between MDI, Tata Motors brings Air Car closer to reality
- May 29, 2007: The Air Car: How compressed air propulsion works
- May 31, 2007: Video and information on Air Car's engine
- June 9, 2007: Interview with Miguel Celades, Sales Manager for MDI