Established by Guy Nègre, the Luxembourg company MDI, with its administrative and production departments based in Carros, has developed an environmentally friendly car engine that uses compressed air to push the pistons of the engine and move the car.
The company which has already signed partnerships with the region’s companies, has announced it will market three compressed air cars in Europe :
- The AirPod, driven by a 10 bhp engine and able to reach a speed of 80 km/h
- The AirOne and its 20 bhp engine that can reach 100 km/h
- The AirCity with its 35 bhp engine should reach 130 km/h
The AirPod – (c) MDI
For the moment, the electric motor vehicles still occupy the center stage in Europe. Several years have passed in effect since the development of prototype cars air motors and so far the commercialision air powered vehicle does not seem to the agenda. But in India, MDI, in partnership with Tata Motors, hopes to revolutionize the automotive world with vehicles powered by compressed air.
Partnership with Tata Motors in India: the first vehicle, in the world, working in compressed air, on sale before the end of 2013?
After 5 years of testing and validation of the concept, designed by MDI engines have been integrated into vehicles of India’s No. 1, TATA Motors to start selling the “MiniCat” before the end of 2013.
The compressed air car, called the “MiniCAT”, could cost around 365,757 rupees in India or $ 8,177 (€ 5,225). According to the designers, the Indians can travel 100 km for 1 € (or 69 rupees) a tenth the cost of a car running on gas. Filling the car will take place in a few minutes in the adapted gas stations with special air compressors. The predicted runtime is 300 km with a speed of 105 km / hour.
On the same topic, see also our article “Antibes, MDI and VU LOG join hands to boost clean transport“