Sunday, February 26, 2012

AIR powers Tata Motors

It is an auto engine that runs on air.  That's right; air not gas or diesel or electric but just the air around us.  Take a look.

Tata Motors of India has scheduled the Air Car to hit Indian streets by August 2012

The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy N. For Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air to push its engine's pistons and make the car go. 
The Air Car, called the "Mini CAT" could cost around 365,757 rupees in India or $8,177 US.

The Mini CAT which is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis, a body of fiberglass that is glued not welded and powered by compressed air.  A Microprocessor is used to control all electrical functions of the car.  One tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, turn signals and every other electrical device on the car.  Which are not many.

The temperature of the clean air expelled by the exhaust pipe is between 0-15 degrees below zero, which makes it suitable for use by the internal air conditioning system with no need for gases or loss of power.

There are no keys, just an access card which can be read by the car from your pocket.  According to the designers, it costs less than 50 rupees (approx. $1.12 US) per 100 KM, that's about a tenth the cost of a car running on gas.  It's mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car, a factor which makes it a perfect choice for city motorists.  The car has a top speed of 105 KM per hour or 60 mph and would have a range of around 300 km or 185 miles between refuels.  Refilling the car will take place at adapted gas stations with special air compressors.  A fill up will only take two to three minutes and costs approximately 100 rupees and the car will be ready to go another 300 kilometers.

This car can also be filled at home with it's on board compressor.  It will take 3-4 hours to refill the tank, but it can be done while you sleep.  

Because there is no combustion engine, changing the 1 liter of vegetable oil is only necessary every 50,000 KM or 30,000 miles.  Due to its simplicity, there is very little maintenance to be done on this car.

This Air Car almost sounds too good to be true.  We'll see in August. 2012


Jody Newkirk said...

John, this was dropped a while back. Check Tata motors site, and no mention of it. Wikipedia says it was dropped in 2009. Would love for it to be happening, but truly wishful thinking I believe.

Tata Motors

As of January 2009 Tata Motors of India had planned to launch a car with an MDI compressed air engine in 2011.[22] In December 2009 Tata's vice president of engineering systems confirmed that the limited range and low engine temperatures were causing problems.[23] Meanwhile any related articles or connections to MDI have been deleted from the website of Tata Motors, including in the archive. - wikipedia

Anonymous said...

Considering how hot Indian food is and has lots of beans....Yeah. It'l go.

Anonymous said...

The elite and big oil companies put them out of business. If this caught on there would be a hell of a lot less need for oil and gas. The engine is a proven design and MDI has been running them in France for several years. Just another technology the elite don't want us to have.

Anonymous said...

surpressed technology the illuminati kept from the public...we will be seeing alot more of the surpressed technology coming out over the next few that would make our lives easier but would stop the wars they feed off of...the illuminati are in their death throws and just about finished...