The following translation started with the Babelfish translation as a rough draft, then was heavily rewritten to make it clear English.
Consumption estimated of 120$00 for each 100 kilometers
Portugal goes to construct a carriage running on compressed
A Spanish group is considering investing in Portugal the
creation of an assembly line to manufacture a revolutionary
automobile whose enging is moved by compressed air. " The plant
will be installed in the Industrial Zone of Santarém (in a land of thirty thousand square meters yielded by the City council) and will create about 90 jobs, in the year that it starts (2003), and up to 170 or 180 jobs with a full labor force "
, disclosed to the EXPRESS, Jesus Martin Buezas,
administrator of the VMA - Vehicles Moving by Air.
The new industrial unit, with capacity to produce 5000 units
per year, will be constructed in 2002 and represents an investment
estimated between a million and a half and a million and seven hundred thousand contos (about 7.4 million euros). The entrepreneur came to
Portugal this week to negotiate the establishment of partnerships
with Portuguese companies in the production,
distribution and supplying, as well as to present projects to the
Ministry of the Economy and the IAPMEI. " The choice of
Santarém is an excellent, strategic location, for the logistic
people and for the cohesion of the City council of Santarém. The
carriages will be assembled with parts coming from France and the East,
but some components could be supplied by Portuguese companies "
Jesus Martin Buezas, for 28 years leader of a Spanish group of
distributors and logistics people, acquired the production rights
for the vehicle for Portugal from French group MDI - Moteur
Développement International, hosted in Nice. The inventor of vehicle
MDI and holder of the world-wide patent of the compressed air engine
is Guy Negré, an former engineer for Renault with more than 35
years' experience in the automobile industry.
The MDI is a vehicle especially designed for use by city
dwellers, where it is extremely economic. 120$00 (60
cents) for each 100 kilometers covered at a constant speed of
50 km/h - when compared with its rivals the gasoline, gasohol, GPL or
purely electric (with a estimated average consumption in 400$00 (two
euros for each 100 kilometers). As such, this vehicle is considered
ecologically " perfect ", with zero polluting emissions and a
range of, approximately, 312 kilometers. The supplying of compressed
air can be made by a special punp (in about three minutes) or by means
of a compressor integrated in the carriage (between two and three
hours, by the electric current).
The engine, very similar to conventional engine, has 1150
cubic centimeters of piston displacement and 50 horsepower,
offering a typical speed of 120 km/h. Its maintenance requires only
one liter of oil (of any type) for each 50 thousand kilometers.
" This carriage is designed, essentially, for public
carriers, such as school taxis, carriers, jobs of city councils,
post offices, companies of logistic distribution and, but also the
individual " , emphasize Jesus Martin Buezas. Four
versions of the MDI exist and the price of each vehicle will cost
around two thousand contos (9975 euros). Its official
presentation in Portugal is set to take place in
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