Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Air Car

The Air Car
At the moment we are working on the design of the car and exploring the possibilities concerning our first model, The Air Car Eureka 1.1, with an air compressed motor, either on a mono- or bi- energy system (compressed air combined with electricity).Here are the first design:

The proposals regarding the use of the car

Air Car: powered entirely by an engine filled with compressed air

This is the world’s first air-powered car (AIR CAR) that has zero emissions and will be mass produced by next summer (2008).
The car has got some amazing technology behind it and is developed by Guy Nègre (an ex-Formula One engineer) for Luxembourg-based MDI.India’s largest automaker will be producing 6000 zero-emission Air Cars in August of 2008 for the Indian streets (when they say India is up and coming this takes things to another level).

Engine of Air car

The gas-and-oxygen explosions of internal-combustion models may become a thing of the past if the Air Car becomes a major success, as it uses compressed air and has many benefits for our environment.
The $12,700 CityCAT is just one of many Air Car models planned which this model can get to 68 mph with a range of 125 miles from the gas (filled up via custom air compressor units).
The amazing fact that it will then take only $2 to fill the car’s carbon-fiber tanks with 340 liters of air at 4350 psi…I so want one in this high taxed fuel world.
The bad side is that the Air Car is made of an all-glue construction which may mean it will never hitting the UK or American shores, but MDI has said they have signed deals to bring its design to 12 more countries (these include South Africa, Israel and Germany) so there is hope yet.Via popular mechanics

India to launch air-powered car in 2008

The first car in the world propelled by compressed air is scheduled to be cruising India's city streets sometime next year.
Developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Negre, the Air Car will be built by Tata Motors, India's largest automaker. Tata Motors anticipates producing 6,000 Air cars by 2008.
The Air Car uses compressed air to push its engine's pistons and should be practical and reasonably priced. The CityCat model's top-end speed is 68 mph with a driving range of 125 miles.
Refueling is easy and takes just a few minutes if you live near a gas station with custom air compressor units. The cost of a fill up is approximately US$2. If a driver doesn't have access to a compressor station, they will be able to plug into the electrical grid and use the car's built-in compressor to refill the tank in about four hours.
Technically, the Air Car is not an "emissions free" vehicle because fossil fuels are burned to power the compressor. But the carbon emissions per mile still far outdoes any gasoline car on the market.
The Air Car is light-weight and made from glued-together fiberglass construction. It may never hit the streets of America because of crash test requirements. However, Nègre has signed deals to bring its design to 12 more countries, including Germany, Israel and South Africa.
Tata Motors is already working on a hybrid version that would use an on-board, gasoline-powered compressor to refill the air tanks when they run low. Negre says that technology could easily squeeze a cross-country trip out of one tank of gasoline.