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Volvo Air Motion concept runs on compressed air

We’ve been taking a closer look at some of the standout blue-sky concepts presented by the likes of Mercedes and Cadillac at the recent LA Design Challenge – here’s Volvo’s take on the lightweight car of the future.

The clamshell-inspired Volvo Air Motion Concept Canyon Carver uses fewer and lighter components than in traditional cars and compressed air engines to achieve a weight estimated at under 1000 lbs (454 kg).

Much of the weight saving would come from using compressed air motors rather than a heavy internal combustion engine along with a carbon fiber body. The chassis, interior and suspension design have also been simplified to further keep the vehicle light.

Volvo designers say that the need for cooling systems is removed because these air motors would cool down under load rather than heating up.

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