An Auto Engine that runs on Air | Tata Motors

That’s right, Air not Gas, Diesel or  Electric but just the Air around us, take a look. 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 Microprocessoris used to control all Electrical functions of the car, one tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, turn signals, etc. The temperature of the clean air expelled by the exhaust pipe is between 0-15  degrees below zero. This 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 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, and would  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.

Source: Cascadian Resource Center

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