XP Vehicle: electric inflatable polymer car for real?

As I watched some videos on FREE energy including vids to expose hoaxes, I ran across the XP-Car video and I wasn't sure whether it was another joke or what.

I went to their website and the FAQ is hilarious:

Q. How different will these cars be from “regular cars”?
A. Our entry-level cars will be simple vehicles. Our full finish cars will go head to head with any car in the world re: safety, trim, features, style, luxury and price.

Q. Why would anybody want a faster, safer, less-toxic, more durable, easier to maintain, greener, more efficient, lower cost car?
A. Hard to imagine but we are building it anyway..

Q. How fast will they go?
A. The speed will vary from 30 MPH to 120 MPH depending on the model, design, configuration and regional laws


 Q. Why can’t I get one today?
A. We need to raise tens of millions of dollars in additional funding and complete factories on three continents. Building a car is a HUGE effort. Our car is the easiest to build in the world but it still will be a year or two before all of the product development is complete.

Q. Regarding your polymer vehicle options, won’t my metal car protect me better?
A. Research shows that the metal in your car is the largest cause of death and injury. The shrapnel, body compression immobility, lung compression, dismemberment and other serious results of a crash are most often caused by the inflexibility of metal and the permanent deformation of the body of the metal car around or into your body. Hence the need for, and name of, the Jaws-of_life.

Q. Do the vehicles really have a 2500 mile range?
A. Yes, here is how: You can hot-swap battery drawers and/or solid-state hydrogen cassettes while you are driving to continuously add range and never need to turn off the engine. You can pickup additional charged cassettes or drawers as you drive from retail stores across the country, ie: Fed-Ex Stores, UPS Stores, Etc., or from Individuals via Ebay, Craigslist or our web site links; or you can just have your own additional sets in the trunk that you swap out as you drive.

Q. How hard is it to assemble a vehicle that is flat-pack shipped to me?
A. It should take two average adults, with a high school education, less than two hours to inflate and unpack the vehicle. There will also be distribution centers that will assemble the vehicles for you.

Q. Can I get one already assembled?
A. Most likely; fleet departments and regional retailers will be purchasing sets of the vehicles and will likely offer them local and assembled. Ask your local car dealer to carry them.

Q. Are the cars entirely polymer?
A. No. A variety of novel materials and systems are used.

Q. Can the cars be driven on the road?
A. It depends on your country and your local laws. Your local dealer is responsible for assembling and certifying the vehicle for your region. If you order a flat-pack vehicle that you assemble, then you are responsible for local certifications.

Q. How much will they cost?
A. That depends on local tariffs, taxes and option packages but we are targeting all vehicles for sub $10K pricing targets with one vehicle targeted at a record breaking low price in the Southeast Asian market.

Q. What is your power source?
A. Massed battery arrays, fuel cells and fuel cell/battery hybrid plants.

Q. What options will be available?
A. ipod mounts & connects, 20 colors, trim, decals, roof, no roof, car covers, solar mounts, stereos, integrated pumps, home connections, GPS, battery clubs, alarms... all the good stuff you get with a “regular” car.

Q. What’s all this about driving them off cliffs and floating them in floods and Tsunami’s? Are they really super cars?
A. The nature of the polymer construction, on those that use it, offers secondary advantages which are not part of the intended use but which could possibly provide additional safety in such circumstances.

Q. What if somebody stabs my car?
A. The material is pretty hard to pierce and anybody can stab your tires or top in a “regular car” now anyway. In our cars you can repair them yourself in a short timeframe and they have multiple chambers so somebody would really have to go at it. These materials landed on mars, already stop needle pricks in doctors gloves and knife attacks in SWAT gloves.

Q. What happened to the few thousand dollar car?
A. A number of requirements have increased the cost of the $6,000 target vehicle.  US on-road laws, investor demands and general customer expectations have necessitated that our first vehicles incorporate increased content, consistent with other competitive models in its class.  This unfortunately has driven up the price.  But, we have not forgotten our goal to produce a more affordable vehicle.  Once our production volumes allow us to achieve economies of scale, we plan to engineer a cost-reduced version for entry level car buyers that may get close to the original price point we were hoping to achieve.

Q. Can the car blow away?
A. We have a special ballast and aerodynamic design set of features which makes the car very stable.

The rest of http://myxpcar.com/ is so-so, the "press" page has graphics with NO links going to any articles.  The "partners" page has more graphics with no links.  I searched Snopes, found nothing.  Found a few blog posts and eventually ran across this Limnia press release at an XP vehicle page http://www.send2press.com/newswire/2008-08-0822-003.shtml, but their website is DOWN.

In 10/07 http://news.carjunky.com/whisper-inflatable-electric-car-cde960.shtml claimed that there was actually an XP car you could BUY:

The price? Less than $5000. Quite good considering how much safety comes built in!


You tell me, is this for real?


They updated the video and

They updated the video and here's the latest from their site. Wish it had the car DRIVING! And, from what I hear, it IS real.