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Tomorrow, MDI will show the Big Apple what an air car looks like. The unique compressed-air-powered vehicle will be unveiled during the Automotive X Prize's big announcement on Thursday. We've been following the progress of the Air Car for quite some time, and look forward to letting our cameras take a good look at this zero tailpipe emission vehicle, which might look different from the one you see above, if I'm reading the press release correctly. We won't be the only ones checking the car out, as the Air Car will be at the NYIAS through March 31. And, if you're not in town, you'll get your chance soon enough (if you're in America, anyway). Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM), the North American representative of MDI, will sell the six-seater in the U.S. some day, possibly 2010. Before then, though, MDI and ZPM will work together as a team in the Auto X Prize race. There's more after the jump.



Press Release:

New Compressed Air Vehicle to be Showcased at Automotive X Prize Exhibit at 2008 New York Auto Show

WHAT:

MDI Group, the French developer of a car that runs on air, and Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM), the North American representative of MDI, have announced plans to showcase MDI's newest compressed air vehicle at this year's New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). The vehicle will be unveiled at the Automotive X PRIZE (AXP) booth on March 20 for display through March 31.

WHY:
The new MDI car is one in a series of vehicles to be developed by MDI for production in various markets throughout the world. The vehicle is powered by the Compressed Air Engine (CAE) invented by Guy Negre, CEO and founder of MDI. Compressed air vehicles feature zero tailpipe emissions and high energy efficiency and represent an affordable, eco-friendly alternative to conventional gasoline powered vehicles and hybrids.

ZPM and MDI have entered a team to compete for the Automotive X PRIZE and will display the new vehicle at the AXP booth at NYIAS. The goal of the Automotive X PRIZE is to inspire a new generation of viable, super-efficient vehicles. The independent and technology-neutral competition is open to teams from around the world who can design, build and bring to market 100 mpg equivalent (MPGe) vehicles that people want to buy, and that meet market needs for price, size, capability, safety and performance. The size of the multi-million dollar prize purse, and the identity of the PRIZE's title sponsor will be announced on March 20 at NYIAS.

ZPM (www.zeropollutionmotors.us) plans to introduce a 6-seat, 4-door family-size compressed air vehicle to the U.S. market. The ZPM model is expected to achieve over 100 MPGe and over 90 mph, have zero to low C02 emissions, offer plenty of space for luggage, meet all safety requirements, and cost no more than an average economy to mid-size vehicle. The first ZPM manufactured compressed air car will roll off the production line in 2010.

WHO:
Guy Negre, MDI Group, CEO and inventor of the MDI compressed air vehicle
Shiva Vencat, Zero Pollution Motors, President

[Source: MDI]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      You'd be helping the environment more by driving a Hummer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you are interested to invest in the MDI company, my wife and I are willing to sell some of our shares of MDI. We support financially MDI since 1992 and hold then so 1 % of the capital.
      After 16 years we decide to realise a part of our investment !
      Our selling price will be less (market oblige) as the last transfers made by M Nègre himself (he held 2/3 of the capital). If you have a serious interest please write us : martinmarschner(at)hotmail.com
        • 6 Years Ago
        i like the idea of this car,but when came?my name is hugo gracian a live in mexico.
        • 6 Years Ago
        In Europe end 2009 but most probably in 2010. The time to put the industrialisation in place;
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you are interested to invest in the MDI company, my wife and I are willing to sell some of our shares of MDI. We support financially MDI since 1992 and hold then so 1 % of the capital.
      After 16 years we decide to realise a part of our investment !
      Our selling price will be less (market oblige) as the last transfers made by M Nègre himself (he held 2/3 of the capital). If you have a serious interest please write us : martinmarschner(at)hotmail.com
        • 6 Years Ago
        Really I think that in 16 years the things change ! Now 62 factories are reserved, TATA signed and paid for the licence in India (20,000,000 € fully disbursed).
        For your information, here in Europe the people pay to MDI 5,500 € per share and my wife give an discount of 10 to 20 % ! And as MDI as my wife sells some shares every month !
        When we bought in 1992 to 1995 it's was really venture capital, but now, with existing factories ans some in construction, real licence contract with established companies it's ...Business !
        • 6 Years Ago
        16 years and still no product on the market, no sales, no dividends? No wonder you want to sell off your shares for whatever you can get.

        Well, it could have been worse, you could have invested in Moeller flying cars - another air car that isn't going anywhere!
      • 7 Years Ago

      Looks are important, especially in the automotive world.

      Creating disgusting visual muck like this devalues the whole air concept by making it appear amateurish and insensitive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a cute car. Perfect for little town trips. My 59 solar panels will give me free driving for life.
      • 6 Years Ago
      62 factories have been reserved, licenses have been sold.

      BUT NO CARS HAVE EVER BEEN DELIVERED.

      I am still waiting for the e.Volution air car that MDI and Zero Pollution Motors announced back in 2000 and said would go on sale in 2002. I'm still waiting for the air powered taxis in Mexico City that MDI announced back in 2002. I'm still waiting for the "production late this year" that MDI announced in 2004. I'm still waiting for the Eolo car, for which a factory was built in Italy and workers were hired, but for which MDI failed to deliver the needed parts.

      Where are the cars?

      Where are the independent tests of the operating range?

      Why has no auto magazine or independent journalist ever been allowed to test drive an MDI air car?