TATA to launch car run on air, 200 kms will cost just Rs. 70

carMumbai: Tata Motors Ltd, India’s largest automobile company, has completed the first phase of a plan to start commercial production of a car that runs on compressed air. It has been working on the project for five years, but the cars may take a while to reach showrooms given the long gestation period between pilot runs and commercialization.

Tata Motors is the sole licensee of Luxembourg-based Motor Development International’s compressed air engine in India, having signed an agreement for technology transfer in 2007.

Tata Motors implemented the concept in two vehicles in May, according to a company spokesperson. “In the second phase, we are working together to complete detailed development of the technology and required technical processes to industrialize a market-ready product application,” he said, declining to give any timeframe.

Compressed air is used to power pneumatic drills and air brakes, among other devices. As a concept, an air-powered car sounds like the answer to environmental degradation and energy shortages, to name just two critical problems the earth faces.

Air cars are also designed to be lighter than conventional cars. The aluminium construction of these vehicles will keep their weight under 2,000 pounds (907 kg), making them fuel efficient.

“The novelty lies in the carefully controlled expansion of the compressed air using a multi-piston engine design,” the spokesperson said. “Thus, the technology deployed to implement this concept is unique in its detailed configuration. The air-handling system utilises similar components to that used in compressed natural gas or CNG vehicles.”

Tata Motors is “working on several opportunities to improve the efficiency of the engine and also establish reliability and life estimation as a part of detailed development process”, he added.

“Compressed air has been used in the industrial sector for ages, so the concept is not earth shattering. However using compressed air technology for vehicles is something extraordinary as it could reduce our dependence on fossil fuels as it would require nothing more than suction of air,” said V.G.Ramakrishnan, vice-president, automotive and transportation practice at Frost and Sullivan. The challenge, he added, will be in commercializing it as well as the impact it could have on the global oil economy and the disruption it can cause in many hydrocarbon-producing countries.

MDI’s production models include the AirPod, OneFlowAIR, MiniFlowAIR and CityFlowAIR. Prototypes are said to have been tested by some foreign airlines for use as emission-free vehicles within airports. However, no AirPod has been sold till date.

The AirPod, according to the company’s website, can be driven with a joystick and only costs €1 (Rs.70) per 200 km. It is part of the MDI production licence of “less than 500kg vehicles, and has four seats (three adults and one child) with space for luggage”. The OneFlowAIR, according to the company, is expected to range between €3,500 and €5,300.

While Tata Motors did not comment on the speeds, the engine is said to produce enough power for speeds of about 56 km per hour. Compressed air engines also offer the option of using fossil fuels or biofuels to heat the air as it enters the engine. However, while the speeds may increase, pollution too will rise proportionately. The idea of using compressed air to power a vehicle has been around for a while. Early prototypes date back to the 1920s, before the internal combustion engine was invented.

Smaller companies such as Air Car Factories SA based in Spain are also developing such vehicles. “At this moment, the design of our first models are completed,” the company said on its website. “These models are designed to offer enough space for the tanks with compressed air and its motor, or, an electric motor and its batteries. Our intention is to launch our first electric model within a short time period, while waiting for the completion of our future air car.”

TATA जल्द लॉन्च करेगा हवा से चलने वाली कार, 70 रुपए में चलेगी 200 km

ऑटो डेस्क. आपने डीजल, पेट्रोल और गैसोलीन से चलने वाली गाड़ियां देखी और चलाई होंगी। फ्यूचर कारों में तो अब पानी, बैटरी और हाइड्रोजन से चलने वाली कारें भी मार्केट में आने वाली हैं। ऐसे में टाटा ने एक कदम और आगे बढ़ाते हुए हवा से चलने वाली कार को आने वाले समय में लॉन्च करने का प्लान बनाया है। TATA एयरपॉड नाम की यह कार कंप्रेस्ड एयर से चलेगी, 70 रुपए में चलेगी 200 किमी…

TATA एयरपॉड प्रोजेक्ट पर मोटर डेवलपमेंट इंटरनेशनल (MDI) के साथ मिलकर काम कर रहा है। रिपोर्ट्स की मानें तो अगले 3 सालों में टाटा इस प्रोजेक्ट को बाजार में लेकर आ सकता है। टाटा मोटर्स के एडवांस और प्रोडक्ट इंजीनियरिंग के हैड डॉ. टिम लेवर्टन ने बताया कि कंपनी अभी तक इस प्रोजेक्ट के इंडस्ट्रियलाइजेशन प्वाइंट तक नहीं पहुंची है। गौरतलब है कि टाटा मोटर्स ने टेक्नोलॉजी को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए हाल ही में TAMO नाम का ब्रांड बनाया है।

इन फ्यूचरिस्टिक कारों को डेवलप करने के साथ ही कंपनियां एनर्जी शॉर्टेज और एनवायरमेंट को होने वाले नुकसान को भी रोक रही हैं। ये कारें बाकी कारों के मुकाबले काफी हल्की होंगी (907kg के अंदर) और एल्युमीनियम फ्रेम की बनेंगी। ये कार महज 70 रुपए में 200 किलोमीटर तक चलेगी जो काफी किफायती होगा। बता दें कि कार की स्पीड, कीमत और बाकी जानकारी पर कंपनी की तरफ से कोई आधिकारिक बयान जारी नहीं किया गया है। एयरपॉड प्रोजेक्ट में टामो कार के साथ कई बड़े बदलाव कर सकता है।

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