France's privately funded Agence de Valorisation des Eco Technologies (AVE) is planning a $6.65 million manufacturing plant to be built at Nevers. The plant is slated to build zero-pollution, compressed air-powered cars that will be in production by mid-2001, pushing out 2000 units by year-end. The Moteur Development International (MDI) taxis and pick-ups are built of composite polymers and weigh approximately 1,543 lbs. (700 kg), allowing propulsion to be achieved from a 77-lb. (35-kg) ...

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