This $10K Air-Powered Vehicle Could Be the Tiny Car To Go With Your Tiny House

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments

By Derek Markham | treehugger



Zero Pollution Motors, the U.S. licensee for MDI, developer of the tiny compressed air car AIRPod, just picked up a $5 million investment on Shark Tank.

Advancements in electric car technologies are starting push electric vehicles (EVs) farther into the mainstream, which is a great sign that we're moving toward low-carbon transportation options, but one of the biggest barriers to entry for EVs (other than the current limitations on range and charging times) continues to be the cost.

While I think it would be pretty sweet to drive a Tesla, and I don't see any issue with its current range and charging times when it comes to my driving habits, I'd be perfectly happy with much less ambitious electric car – one with a smaller range, fewer amenities, longer charge times, etc. – but even the most basic models of EVs on the market are out of reach for most average consumers, including me.

A far less costly option, although still a fossil-fueled one, might be the as-yet-unreleased $6,800 Elio Motors vehicle, which is touted as being capable of getting 84 mpg, but there's another contender in the race to build clean affordable vehicles, and instead of being powered by electricity, the $10,000 AIRPod boasts of being a “Zero Pollution Vehicle” because it runs on compressed air.

The AIRPod, invented by Guy Nègre and developed by MDI, has been in the works for two decades, but we haven't yet seen viable production models on the market. That may change, though, as the U.S. licensee for the MDI technology, Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM), was recently backed by a $5 million investment from Robert Herjavec through the show Shark Tank.

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