Air Car at Automotive X Prize Exhibit at New York Auto ShowMarch 20, 2008
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.
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.
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 CO2 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.
was founded in Nice, France in 1991 to pioneer an engine that ran on compressed air. The MDI compressed air engine is environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient, cost-effective, scalable and capable of numerous applications, including power generation. MDI has developed affordable, fuel efficient and low emission compressed air engine powered vehicles and has granted licenses for their manufacture in 39 countries. New York-based Zero Pollution Motors, LLC
represents MDI in North America and is licensed to build the first manufacturing plant in the U.S. ZPM’s goal is to bring zero pollution motoring at any speed, for any distance, to the largest number of motorists possible and, in doing so, significantly improve the quality of the air we breathe and reduce our collective carbon footprint.