Compressed Air Vehicle – Has the Electric Car Met its Match?
EV’s are so last season. Those of you into the latest and greatest clean energy technologies need to get yourself a car that runs on compressed air.
The idea of an air powered car has been around for a while but the technology is incredibly difficult to master. Indian car company Tata Motors is developing its Airpod as a next generation, zero pollution vehicle.
The Luxembourgian engine manufacturing company, MDI, has been working on a motor that can run on nothing more than compressed air for over twenty years, and five years ago Tata bought the rights to sell this motor in India. In May the company confirmed that it had successfully completed stage one by testing out the engines in two different vehicles.
The car has space for three passengers, and can travel at 40mph. The tank holds 175 litres of compressed air which can be bought from a specialist station, or taken from the air by activating an on-board electric pump. Tata claim that filling the tank will cost only €1 and then last for about 125 miles.
By. James Burgess of Oilprice.com