In 2007, Mumbai, India-based Tata Motors signed a licensing deal with Motor Development International, a French design firm. The idea was to build a car that could run on compressed air. Now Tata says it has tested two cars with the engines. The next step is setting up the manufacturing plants to actually build them.
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DNEWS VIDEO: FUTURE OF CARS AND TRANSPORTATIONCompressed air engines aren’t a new idea. The first models were proposed more than a century ago, and they were used in the mining industry for decades before electric motors became commonplace. Even now, compressed air powers all kinds of tools, notably the pneumatic impact wrenches in auto body shops.
A compressed air car engine works in a way similar to the internal combustion version: Fuel forces pistons to turn a crankshaft and power…
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