More About The Compressed Air Car – I want one of these.

I have been trying to track down more about this amazing car. As I understand it, the car is not in production but you can place an order for one by contacting the manufacturer directly. If you live in Europe apparently you can buy the car for $15,000. If you live in the USA, you will have to pay shipping costs which could add $5,000 to the cost. The text below is from Gizmag:

March 19, 2007 Many respected engineers have been trying for years to bring a compressed air car to market, believing strongly that compressed air can power a viable “zero pollution” car. Now the first commercial compressed air car is on the verge of production and beginning to attract a lot of attention, and with a recently signed partnership with Tata, India’s largest automotive manufacturer, the prospects of very cost-effective mass production are now a distinct possibility. The MiniC.A.T is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis that is glued not welded and a body of fibreglass. The heart of the electronic and communication system on the car is a computer offering an array of information reports that extends well beyond the speed of the vehicle, and is built to integrate with external systems and almost anything you could dream of, starting with voice recognition, internet connectivity, GSM telephone connectivity, a GPS guidance system, fleet management systems, emergency systems, and of course every form of digital entertainment. The engine is fascinating, as is and the revolutionary electrical system that uses just one cable and so is the vehicle’s wireless control system. Microcontrollers are used in every device in the car, so one tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, indicators etc

There are no keys – just an access card which can be read by the car from your pocket.

Most importantly, it is incredibly cost-efficient to run – according to the designers, it costs less than one Euro per 100Km (about a tenth that of a petrol car). Its mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car (200 to 300 km or 10 hours of driving), a factor which makes a perfect choice in cities where the 80% of motorists drive at less than 60Km. The car has a top speed of 68 mph.

Refilling the car will, once the market develops, take place at adapted petrol stations to administer compressed air. In two or three minutes, and at a cost of approximately 1.5 Euros, the car will be ready to go another 200-300 kilometres.

As a viable alternative, the car carries a small compressor which can be connected to the mains (220V or 380V) and refill the tank in 3-4 hours.

Due to the absence of combustion and, consequently, of residues, changing the oil (1 litre of vegetable oil) is necessary only every 50,000 Km.

Compressed Air Cars. I have seen the future and it is very good.

How would you like to go 200 miles for $2.00? Thats the claim for this car. If you charged the car with solar whoa, transportation with no pollution. Do not be fooled by its small size because it is made out of carbon composites so it is really tough. You drive in the middle which is cool. There business model is one of small regional assembly plants so it spreads jobs where ever it goes. Whoa you could knowck me over with a feather. How can we get one of those in Springfield, Illinois!

 The air car -  MDI - Moteur Developpement International
  Moteur Developpment International
The air car -  MDI - lifestyle, ecology, economy.  


Welcome to the future!

   After fourteen years of research and development, Guy Negre has developed an engine that could become one of the biggest technological advances of this century. Its application to Compressed Air Technology(CAT) vehicles gives them significant economical and environmental advantages. With the incorporation of bi-energy (compressed air + fuel) the CAT Vehicles have increased their driving range to close to 2000 km with zero pollution in cities and considerably reduced pollution outside urban areas.
   The application of the MDI engine in other areas, outside the automotive sector, opens a multitude of possibilities in nautical fields, co-generation, auxiliary engines, electric generators groups, etc. Compressed air is a new viable form of power that allows the accumulation and transport of energy. MDI is very close to initiating the production of a series of engines and vehicles. The company is financed by the sale of manufacturing licenses and patents all over the world

Thank God Its Weird Bird Friday! yes that is TGI(WB)F

And John and Susan, long time civil rights protesters and good friends of Al Sharpton’s, are back at it! I thought maybe they were giving up on it when they missed last Friday with very little notice. You can see their latest effort here.

Here is mine. can you guess which one is Cate and which one is your Tough Loveness?


yah right. Like Doug would ever share food!

One More Day of Jokes on Planet Earth and I am done – it ain’t that funny day to day!

This site is real funny. I am only going to put a little of it up, but please visit. The site will put a smile on anyone’s face. 

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Alt. Energy Humor

The lighter side of light.  The gassier side of gas.

Finally found . . . the treasure at the end of the rainbow.

Waste to Energy: Treasure from Trash
(Thanks Nathan Allan)

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Galaxies Colliding



In the constellation of Pisces, some 100 million light-years from Earth,
two galaxies are seen to collide. (PhysOrg; Aug. 26, 2005)

(Which planet’s insurance policy would cover that one?)

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Speed Demon


Instead of spanking, consider taking your kid for a ride and
giving him/her the manual windshield wiper assignment.
(Thanks Rich Kushinsky)

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Nothing is as Funny as the End of the World – extrapolation?

Here is another pretty funny environmental website. It seemslike it grew out of a conference in 1995 in Canada called the “Green of Industry”.  Site was last updated unfortunately in 2001 but it still has many witticism anyway. 

The History of the Universe in 200 Words or Less

Quantum fluctuation. Inflation. Expansion. Strong nuclear interaction. Particle-antiparticle annihilation. Deuterium and helium production. Density perturbations. Recombination. Blackbody radiation. Local contraction. Cluster formation. Reionization? Violent relaxation. Virialization. Biased galaxy formation? Turbulent fragmentation. Contraction. Ionization. Compression. Opaque hydrogen. Massive star formation. Deuterium ignition. Hydrogen fusion. Hydrogen depletion. Core contraction. Envelope expansion. Helium fusion. Carbon, oxygen, and silicon fusion. Iron production. Implosion. Supernova explosion. Metals injection. Star formation. Supernova explosions. Star formation. Condensation. Planetesimal accretion. Planetary differentiation. Crust solidification. Volatile gas expulsion. Water condensation. Water dissociation. Ozone production. Ultraviolet absorption. Photosynthetic unicellular organisms. Oxidation. Mutation. Natural selection and evolution. Respiration. Cell differentiation. Sexual reproduction. Fossilization. Land exploration. Dinosaur extinction. Mammal expansion. Glaciation. Homo sapiens manifestation. Animal domestication. Food surplus production. Civilization! Innovation. Exploration. Religion. Warring nations. Empire creation and destruction. Exploration. Colonization. Taxation without representation. Revolution. Constitution. Election. Expansion. Industrialization. Rebellion. Emancipation Proclamation. Invention. Mass production. Urbanization. Immigration. World conflagration. League of Nations. Suffrage extension. Depression. World conflagration. Fission explosions. United Nations. Space exploration. Assassinations. Lunar excursions. Resignation. Computerization. World Trade Organization. Terrorism. Internet expansion. Reunification. Dissolution. World-Wide Web creation. Composition. Extrapolation?

Copyright 1996-1997 by Eric Schulman.

This piece was the inspiration for the book A Briefer History of Time and led to the Annals of Improbable Research Universal History Translation Project. Reprinted from the AIR, Volume III, Number 1, January/February 1997, page 27.

Interested in learning more about any of these events? Click here for a version of the history with links to Wikipedia pages.

Environmental Yucks continue – The real George Bush and other JOKES!

Remember I ran a stupid video where a kid was mimicking a Will Ferrell bit about George Bushes take on Global warming well. Here is a site where you can see the real deal.

Other funnies there:





Tha Thats All Folks…

Moose, Methane, and Madness in Finland

I have pledged to myself to be only funny for the next week. This energy efficiency stuff can get pretty grime, what with the US, China and India sucking the planet dry. 

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Burping moose

bad for the


Amidst all the talk about carbon dioxide emissions

and global warming comes news that Norway’s

national mascot may be contributing to the

destruction of the environment, through burping

 and other bodily functions.

Climate offender, me?


Moose is a faily common site in Norway.


The country’s so-called “King of the Forest” hasn’t been widely viewed as having any really nasty personal habits, surely none that could be considered an environmental threat.

But now some researchers linked to Norway’s technical university (NTNU) in Trondheim contend that moose are responsible for tons of gas emissions a year through their frequent burping and, well, farting.

“Shoot a moose and save yourself a climate quota,” joked moose researcher (and moose hunter) Reidar Andersen at NTNU to newspaper VG on Tuesday. He’s published a book on the life of a moose.

And he’s only half joking. The research web site has calculated that the annual gas emissions from a moose are equal to those from an individual’s 36 flights between Oslo and Trondheim.

A grown moose will burp and pass so much methane gas in the course of a year that it amounts to 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions.

Newspaper VG reported that a motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit the same.

Bacteria in a moose’s stomach create the methane gas, which in turn breaks down the plant fibers the moose has eaten. Excess gas is (ahem) farted out, and methane gas is considered more destructive than carbon gas. Cows are also a source of such gas emissions, while pigs and chickens are more environmentally considerate.

VG reported that 120,000 moose wander around in Norwegian

 forests. This year’s looming moose hunt

(elgjakt), which begins

September 25, will eliminate an

estimated 35,000 of them.