Melbourne-based industrial designer Dean Benstead’s O2 Pursuit project is an investigation into the use of air as an alternative fuel. This prototype motorcycle is powered by compressed air and it can reach speeds of up to 87 mph and go 100 km on one tank. Co.Exist reports that the bike features a Yamaha WR250R frame, a DiPietro Air Engine developed by Engineair Australia, and a standard scuba diving tank.
The O2 Pursuit motorcycle has the ability to be directed at off road riding and city commuting. With the use of air, refill stations will be required. Using a distributed generation smart grid, refill stations can be positioned around a city or rural area to facilitate the required range. These refill points would be navigable via the user’s integrated smart phone and GPS system. Air energy could be compressed via solar or wind and stored in an inert state forever.
You can check out a video of the O2 Pursuit, which has been shortlisted for the James Dyson Award, below: