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|24th June 2010, 15:54||#1|
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TATA'S NEW CAR in 2011
I got this in an email fwd today. Not sure if this is Genuine.
Tata Motors to introduce Air Car - Is it the next big thing
Tata Motors is taking giant strides and making history for itself. First the Landrover-Jaguar deal, then the world's cheapest car and now it is also set to introduce the car that runs on air, compressed air
With spiralling fuel prices it is about time we heard some breakthrough!
India's largest automaker Tata Motors is set to start producing the world's first commercial air-powered vehicle.The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Nègre for Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air, as opposed to the gas-and-oxygen explosions of internal-combustion models, to push its engine's pistons. Some 6000 zero-emissions Air Cars are scheduled to hit Indian streets by August
The Air Car, called the MiniCAT could cost around Rs. 3,50,000 ($ 8177) in India and would have a range of around 300 km between refuels.
The cost of a refill would be about Rs. 85 ($ 2).
The MiniCAT which is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis that is glued not welded and a body of fiberglass powered by compressed air. Microcontrollers are used in every device in the car, so one tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, indicators etc.There are no keys - just an access card which can be read by the car from your pocket. According to the designers, it costs less than 50 rupees per 100Km (about a tenth that of a petrol car). Its mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric car (200 to 300 km or 10 hours of driving), a factor which makes a perfect choice in cities where the 80% of motorists drive at less than 60Km. The car has a top speed of 105 kmph. Refilling the car will, once the market develops, take place at adapted petrol stations to administer compressed air. In two or three minutes, and at a cost of approximately 100 rupees, the car will be ready to go another 200-300 kilometers.
As a viable alternative, the car carries a small compressor which can be connected to the mains (220V or 380V) and refill the tank in 3-4 hours. Due to the absence of combustion and, consequently, of residues, changing the oil.
(1 liter of vegetable oil) is necessary only every 50,000 Km).
|24th June 2010, 16:15||#3|
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This was announced 3 years back by Tata Motors.
However, they also said some time back that they are facing some issues.
Tata OneCAT - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Compressed air car - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
|24th June 2010, 16:17||#4|
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In addition, here's a photo of one more "new" car from Tata Motors, with some of the usual DC intervention . . . the Tata Nano by DC on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
The compressed air engine based automobile was also a technology attempt by a couple of other manufacturers, and may yet work for small quasi public transport applications, though it does seem as though legislation isnot yet ready for it.
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