Friday, June 13, 2008


I have found it. My dream car. Look at it. Isn't it cute? This is a small version. They have sedans that seat five, too, but this is the one I want. Tata motors will be producing them, and they're slated to hit the market this year. Unfortunately, it appears that I'd have to go to India to get one, but it might be worth it. The least expensive model they're planning is only $4,800, a two-seater, which would be good as a run-around in town. With the cost of fuel what it is, I'd save the cost of the car, the vacation in a foreign land, and shipping it to the states, in about two years.

The OneCat

Appearance aside, since that's always been a secondary issue for me, with reliability and mileage being at the top of my priorities list, this car doesn't use gas at all. Zip. Nada. It uses almost no electricity. Fill its tanks with air (you heard me right) and you're good for about 500 miles, at speeds of up to 68 mph.

Air. The car runs on air! It does it by having a small electric motor that releases a spurt of compressed air into the piston chambers (there are 2, 4, and 6 cylinder versions) to turn the drive shaft, at the same time compressing some air back into the tanks. It can be refilled at gas stations, or plugged in at home, to fill itself with the built-in air compressor.

This is a car to love. Completely.

And think about parking. It appears to be about the same size as a Smart Car, which means you could park it at right angles to the curb, and it would fit that way, in about the space you'd need for opening the back hatch of a full-sized SUV.

Or heck, just tuck it into your purse and carry it into the store with you!


Michelle said...

Thanks so much for popping by my blog and leaving a comment.

This car is very cool! I'm excited that someone is working on something like this. I would buy one in a heartbeat if it became available around here!

Precommissioning said...

Compressed air is indeed making a lot of things possible nowadays. It would be really great if people would support this innovation.

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