Car maker Tata Motors announced the world’s first air-powered car last year for India, and now it’s going to be delivering a version to the U.S. starting in 2009 or early 2010. The company’s Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) division says the $17,800 car will deliver jaw-dropping specs, such as a 1000-mile range on each fill-up of compressed air, a top speed of 96mph, and 100mpg on the gas or biofuel it takes to heat up that compressed air.
This is not just a lot of hot air, either. Based on technology developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Nègre, this car might be a contender for that multi-million dollar Automotive X-Prize, awarded to the winner of a cross-country race of 100mpg+ cars. Besides this Air Car’s green nature, we’re digging its jelly-bean-like cab-forward design, too.