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Cars That Run On Compressed Air Coming To You

Rarely does technology come along in such a way that captures attention. Except this idea is not new. It was first invented in the 1880's. Supposedly, a U.S. Patent exists to convert a V-8 engine to air power.

But, Wikipedia credits Guy Negre with the invention, who started his company in 1991.

In 1996, on the other side of the world, Energine Company has been working on the same thing. President Cho Cheol-sung has "appreciated [our] continuous concerning" about his invention. The Research Library has been working on the problem since 1979.

Don't get me wrong here - I'm not trying to contest any inventor's claims, just point out that the idea is nothing new. I may have gone a bit overboard, though (as usual). Instead, I am more excited about the concept that a car that doesn't pollute could make it to our shores.

But, what happened to good old American ingenuity? Right now, it appears to be in France. Beyond the company's website, here's a short explanation on how the car will work.

So far, it appears that we've only been studying it and studying it. It appears that as far as building goes, all we've been able to produce so far is a Lego air engine.

At least it's not a lot of hot air, and looks like it has the potential to change the world. Question is, will the Motor City and Big Oil support it?

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 12:12 Comments Closed (1) |
 
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