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Quick Hits: Driving on Air

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Necessity: Still the mother of invention.

High gas prices are fueling American ingenuity. The innovative minds at Zero Pollution Motors are capitalizing on consumers' gas woes and producing a vehicle that runs on compressed air. It's currently taking orders for the autos, which are expected to hit streets in 2010.

Under 35 miles per hour, the vehicle will be powered exclusively by air. To attain speeds above this marker, the car of the future will rely on a six-cylinder, 75 horsepower engine that gets a remarkable 100 miles to the gallon and produces emissions up to four times less than today's average vehicle.

This news means of transportation, with a design that resembles the Smart Car, is projected to cost about $18,000. Oil changes will only be necessary every 31,000 miles. Instead of a speedometer, a computer will digitally display the car's vital signs on the dashboard.

As expensive gas begins to close the door on SUVs, like General Motors' (GM) Yukon or Ford's (F) Explorer, the best and brightest are finding fresh ideas by opening windows.

For more on alternative energy, check out Hoofy & Boo's always astute report:



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