Car powered by compressed air ... is that for real?

From: Max M (
Date: Wed Oct 25 2000 - 11:29:22 MDT

A French company called "ZERO POLLUTION MOTORS Inc." apparently has
developed a motor that runs on compressed air. A little data:

range: 200km (120 miles) for only 30 US cents.
        using 300 liters of compressed air (300 bar)
        10 hours in an urban environment at an average speed of 80km/h.
refill: 4 hours in a 220 V plug at home, 3 min at servicestation compressor.
price: $10,000
weight: 700 kg
Max Speed: 130km/h (aprox. 85 miles/h)

This technology sounds a little to good to be true, but I don't know enough
physics to be able to se through it easily.

Is it possible to compress enough air and keep it in tanks small enough to
fit into a car?

Here is a link from the BBC:

And the companys own website:

If something like this was for real it would have a huge socio economical
influence on the world.

Max M. W. Rasmussen (NOT Max More)
Denmark. New Media Director
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Specialization is for insects. - Robert A. Heinlein

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