Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 7th January 2008, 03:09   #31
Automote's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Manchester, UK
Posts: 4
Thanked: 0 Times
Default MDI Air Car - Runs on compressed air

The MDI Air Car - The World´s Cleanest Car.

I see TATA has signed a deal to develop and productionise this car that runs on compressed air...

Automote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th February 2008, 14:52   #32
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Delhi
Posts: 330
Thanked: 21 Times

As per BBC news quoting Negre the AIR Car will hit Indian roads within one year and cost around 2lacs.

Source :'Tata-backed air-power car within a year' - Business News - News - MSN India - News
Car-Agey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th February 2008, 15:39   #33
mtnrajdeep's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 610
Thanked: 65 Times

I read in World Car fans that this may be launched in 2009 and could be priced around the same price as Nano. Tata to Produce Air-power Car

So is it possible that this engine be ported into the Nano itself?!! It would surely be a knockout punch with respect to fuel economy and OTR pricing!!!
mtnrajdeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th February 2008, 16:10   #34
Senior - BHPian
ram_hyundai's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Calicut ,trisur
Posts: 2,019
Thanked: 48 Times

is it possible would be the question in many of our mind apart from the veg oil joke.any one has any technical details or process involved in such an engine.
ram_hyundai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th February 2008, 17:13   #35
Senior - BHPian
StarScream's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Noida/Delhi
Posts: 1,215
Thanked: 598 Times

I remember seeing a TV program on this. The cars make an awful knocking sound. NVH is going to be a real problem! But then many people will be willing to put up with that if their fuel bill is the price of compressed air. The engine works in a similar way to an internal combustion engine. Compressed air pushes the pistons intead of a fuel-air explosion.
StarScream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th February 2008, 19:07   #36
Senior - BHPian
black12rr's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Ridin earth now
Posts: 1,253
Thanked: 264 Times

why cant they invest in hydrogen powered engine s ?
black12rr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16th February 2008, 02:20   #37
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Scottsdale
Posts: 680
Thanked: 6 Times

Originally Posted by black12rr View Post
why cant they invest in hydrogen powered engine s ?
The problem with hydrogen powered cars is that it is not economical to produce hydrogen with the current available technology.
Mayavi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th February 2008, 22:50   #38
Sagittarian's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 61
Thanked: Once

Originally Posted by srishiva
Looks really promising. So what are the chances of we driving around in pollution free, cheap to run but ugly (TATA) cars.

Tata cars are anything but ugly. They may not be the cutest things zipping around on our highways, but no way they can be called UGLY.
Sagittarian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th February 2008, 14:56   #39
Senior - BHPian
srishiva's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bengaluru
Posts: 3,302
Thanked: 543 Times
Infractions: 0/1 (5)

U.S will see these cars on road by late 2009 !! They have licensed Zero Pollution Motors Zero Pollution Motors - Air Car

Length - 13.4 ft
Width - 5.97 ft
Height - 5.74 ft
Seating - 6 seats
Trunk volume - 35 cubic ft
Weight - 1874 lbs
Engine - 6 Cyl.
Power - 75 hp
Max Speed - 96 mph*
Mileage - 106 mpg*
Range - 848 miles (8 gal tank) *
Co2 - 0.158 lbs/mile (at speeds >35mph; zero emissions at <35mph)

Last edited by srishiva : 25th February 2008 at 14:58.
srishiva is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st March 2008, 00:07   #40
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Scottsdale
Posts: 680
Thanked: 6 Times

Saw a program on future technologies which do not create any pollution. They shower solar power plants, hybrid propulsions etc and in the end they also showed the Air Car in which it was mentioned that TATA has licensed the technology for India and will soon be rolling out cars.

Now all this is know, so why am I posting again? There is a reason. The air car which everyone has seen, the ugly utility van like prototype is actually a 6 cylinder family van which costs around $10 - 12K. The real looker is a small car which is a 4 cylinder 2 door coupe that carries 3 people (driver at center and passenger seats on either side of driver, like the front seat of an Auto). This costs around US $7000.

What is so special about it? It looks exactly like the Nano in size and shape! I was pretty sure it is Nano until I saw the interior seating layout and a very different dash. After seeing that, I am pretty sure the Nano will eventually get the Compressed air engine and will still sell under 2 lakhs. There is so much resemblance between the 2 door air car prototype and Nano that one could be forgiven for thinking Nano is actually the production version of Air car Prototype.
Mayavi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th April 2008, 15:35   #41
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: chennai
Posts: 60
Thanked: 22 Times
Default MDI's fantastic innovation- One that is coming to India

Sooner or later, MDI's air-powered cars are going to set foot on Indian soil. It's amazing to know that it runs on air, and gives us an impression that it will be cheap to run but a lot of confusion exists on the other aspects of this car. This video will clear all your doubts and give you a peek into what the future has in store for automobiles- AIR!!

Get ready to be blown away- MDI's air powered car explained
notjustshrawan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30th April 2008, 18:32   #42
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 875
Thanked: 54 Times

Wow! now soon we will have companies selling fresh air, re-energised air, perfumed air , lubricated air , extra dense air etc. for enhancing performance of air cars. Any fellow TBHPian here interested in pooling money to patent the fuel for this air car. Please, join me !!
shatrughna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th July 2008, 16:02   #43
Senior - BHPian
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: PNQ-HKG-SZX
Posts: 1,238
Thanked: 13 Times
Post Tata Motors ---> Air Car

Most of us might know that last year Tata Motors had inked a deal with MDI (FRANCE) for an Air car and I happened to chance upon this link as of today about their plans of the Air Car -- the alternate to fuel.

Tata Motors to introduce Air Car | India Business Blog

Source : track.in and autoblog green

Going back to January this year they announced that it would take around 2 years for this venture to see through and this is the link for the same

Tata Motors: MDI's Air Car "requires nearly two years of work" - AutoblogGreen

Note to Mods: If a similar thread exists please merge this one with the old and as there was an update thought of letting folks here.
VJ_MAVRICK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th July 2008, 13:46   #44
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: CHENNAI
Posts: 14
Thanked: 0 Times
Thumbs up Nano to come with Air Engine

Happend to see this news in today's TOI

Tata has plans to launch nano with the Air ENGINE next year.
This could be huge!!!
They also mentioned the cost of filling would be aroubd 3 $ and you could go up to 200 kms on single recharge!!
praveen_n77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th July 2008, 10:16   #45
CaliforniaKnight's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: IND + DXB
Posts: 936
Thanked: 35 Times

one more link for the same article..
Tata Motors to introduce Air Car | India Business Blog
CaliforniaKnight is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bernie wants to bring F1 back to India. Does Jaypee? shortbread Int'l Motorsport 5 7th July 2015 13:07
Funfilled Weekend for Customers courtesy Tata Motors, KHT Motors and Aadya Motors anujmishra Indian Car Dealerships 9 27th May 2012 16:47
How to bring home a dream: Tata Safari LX BS4 simpleman Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 65 6th February 2012 01:52
Williams F1 wants to bring Volkswagen to Formula One kraft.wagen Int'l Motorsport 7 23rd March 2010 23:43
New technology to bring down cost of fuel hsejars The Indian Car Scene 1 20th May 2008 16:05

All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 15:43.

Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks