Air Car or hot air?

CityCAT Air Car
CityCAT Air CarCourtesy Deepak

Air Cars in US by 2010?

When I first wrote about a car that runs on air, there was lots of interest. I am really hoping this car is not just a bunch of hot air. Storing energy as compressed air seems simpler, cheaper, and "greener" than using batteries. Electric vehicle battery cost estimates often are around $10,000. They also wear out and need to be replaced.

FlowAIR air cars

Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) has renamed their air cars "FlowAir". ZPM is the exclusive representative for Motor Development International (MDI) in the United States.

Company officials want to make the first air-powered car to hit U.S. roads a $17,800, 75-hp equivalent, six-seat modified version of MDI’s CityCAT (pictured above) that, thanks to an even more radical engine, is said to travel as far as 1000 miles at up to 96 mph with each tiny fill-up. Popular Mechanics

From the compressed air vehicle specifications page I note that the air tank and compressor are 3200 cubic feet @ 4500 psi and an on board 5.5 kwh 110/220 v compressor generating 812 cu ft /hr. Filling up with air from a filling station is supposed to take about 3 minutes.

American made, locally produced

Shiva Vencat, who heads Zero Pollution Motors, envisions small $20 million factories opening in late 2010 or early 2011, each building cars at a rate of one every half hour. Possibly starting in Newburgh, N.Y., new factories would expand production by about 10,000 Air Cars per year.

The City FlowAIR still needs work

If you watch this YouTube video you will realize that this City FlowAir is still a work in progress.

Learn more about compressed air technology (CAT)

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 9:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

IMHO, MDI is nothing but an investment scam. MDI in the past had made a claim in 2002 that the South
Africa factory will be rolling out the air cars in 6 months, and another claim that the India factory will be rolling out the cars by the summer of 2008. It is now 1/09 and MDI has yet to make a single car for the public. The only public test on an air car the car went for only 7.22 km before it ran out of air.

posted on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 10:04pm
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Jules Adverb says:

"Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never Is, but always To be blest: The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to ... "

I continue to hope that MDI is highly successful! Their plans are exciting, including possible conversions for vehicles already in our driveways. My hopes also include having the commercial unit. If I can justify a fifteen passenger van, why not the commercial unit. I really like the possibility of being able to add on to it.

posted on Sun, 05/02/2010 - 4:13pm
El Dario Cafe's picture
El Dario Cafe says:

Is the heat generated when refilling the compressed air tank a problem? Or is it possible to have a large enough orfice/inlet valve to keep heating levels down?

posted on Mon, 07/05/2010 - 9:37am
KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

Just saw this article in Scientific American today, Design Boosts Chances for Air-Powered Motorcycle. If an air-powered car is cool, an air-powered motorcycle is wicked fantastic! Can I get a test ride??

posted on Tue, 07/06/2010 - 12:53pm
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Carsalot incorporated says:

Most definaltaly! Seems very cool even though the cars are kinda ugly according to the picture but i think it would be a good addition to our planet. Good idea.

posted on Mon, 07/19/2010 - 6:58pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

This air car was two years ago. I hope there is some new info coming soon (and a more polished styling).

posted on Tue, 07/20/2010 - 9:31am

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