Indian auto major, Tata Motors along with ex-Formula One engineer Guy N. of Luxembourg MDI have sculpted something unique that is an air powered car known as Air Car or Mini CAT which is due to be launched by August in India.
This is the first stage of the development by Tata Motors along with Luxembourg-based brand Motor Development International(MDI), Tata Motors have entered the second phase of developing an air-powered car. MDI, which is known for its compressed-air technology, entered into a pact with the Indian conglomerate in 2007. In the second phase, the two companies will work together to conclude development of the technology to industrialise a market-ready product application over the coming years.
With a top speed of 105 kmph, the Eco friendly car can run 300 km before halting for another re-fuel. The major driving force of this small wonder is air thus emits zero emission. There are no welding works in the vehicle instead the chassis are glued together along with the compressed air powered fiber glass. This cuts the weight of the Tata Mini CAT drastically.
CAT Mini, a car is simple, light urban, with a tubular chassis, a fiberglass body that is not stuck with sewing and operated by compressed air. A microprocessor is used to control all electrical functions of the car. Micro-transmitters are used in the Mini CAT which sends signals to headlights, indicators, interior light, etc. No keys, just an access card which can be read by the car from your pocket, to step in the magnificent Tata vehicle.
The mileage of Tata Mini CAT is phenomenal with almost double of the most fuel efficient electric car and costs mere Rs 50 per 100 kilometer. Thus with only air used as fuel, the maintenance part is also pretty less.
Refilling the car will take place at service stations adapted with special air compressors. For use only two or three minutes and costs about 100 rupees, and the car will be ready to go another 300 miles.
Tata Mini CAT is a six seat van embracing 340 litre carbon fiber gas storage injected with 4350psi of compressed air. Furthermore, the vehicle uses only one litre of vegetable oil in order to keep its chassis tuned up.
The Air Car from the South Asia’s largest automobile producer will cost around INR 3-4 lakhs in India.