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    The e.Volution vehicle is powered by compressed air from high-pressure cylinders similar to those used by deep-sea divers. Made of feather-light material and weighing only 700 kg, it is essentially a city run around but can reach a speed of about 130km/h on the open road. The e.Volution will be able to travel 200 km on one tank of compressed air at a cost of about 1c/km and can run for 10 hours in city traffic. The inventor is Guy Negre, a French motor vehicle engineer and former Formula One engine designer. He has apparently received death threats because of the invention, which could cripple the world's oil industry. Having devoted the past decade to his creation, which uses a suction "engine" of only 35 kg, Negre has licensed groups of SA investors to manufacture the vehicle locally. Up to 2 000 units a year will be made here initially. He says the energy efficiency levels of his vehicles compared favourably with those of petrol, diesel and electric engines. Air stations could be erected anywhere to fill the tanks in just three minutes. Alternatively, the vehicle can be refilled in about four hours with the aid of an electric pump and an ordinary power socket. It will sell for R65 000 and the first vehicles could roll off the local assembly line by next June as a factory employing 120 people on eight-hour shifts is to be established in Gauteng. SA group Zero Pollution Motors will finance the first factory outside France with Helen Brown the founder. Matthews Phosa, former premier of Mpumalanga, is a shareholder and chairman of Zero.
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      Is there room to install gun racks?

      One upside, great for low riders! The compressed air can be used to power air shocks. Stop light displays will be much simplified.

      the e.Volution vehicle is powered by compressed air from high-pressure cylinders similar to those used by deep-sea divers. Made of feather-light material and weighing only 700 kg, it is essentially a city run around but can reach a speed of about 130km/h on the open road.

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