Zero Pollution Motors has obtained a license to become the first to produce cars in the U.S. that run on compressed air, pledging to deliver the first models in 2010 at a price tag of less than $18,000 for a 6-seater. The hybrids will use liquid fuel to operate at higher speeds and air stored in tanks beneath the car whenever travelling at speeds under 35 mph.
The concept is the brainchild of MDI, a European company founded in 1991 by a French inventor and former race car engineer. The vehicle planned for the U.S. market would be able to reach speeds of more than 90 mph and have a range of more than 800 miles. Tata motors in India is also preparing to launch their version of the car around the same time. (CNN.com has the story)