What would be the greenest fuel you could imagine a car ran on? Solar, Electric, Hydrogen, Biogas??? Well prepare to be surprised. TATA Motors in collaboration with Motor Development International (MDI) – a French firm, is developing a car set to run on AIR….
Yes that is right, this pioneering car design is introducing an innovative zero- emission exhaust mechanism which uses compressed air for propulsion. The compressed air is stored in a tank at 30 psi and rather than sticking to a conventional engine piston with an ignited fuel-air mixture, air cars use the expansion of compressed air, in a similar manner to the expansion of steam in a steam engine.
To add to the excitement, this futuristic car comes equipped with a joystick instead of a steering wheel, and will be able to accommodate three adults and a baby. The car’s tank can be filled at any compressed air station. The car will offer a range of 200 Kms and probably a top-speed of 80Km/h.
The air engine greatly reduces the risk of injury risk in the event of high-impact crash since the fuel is non-flammable and in case it explodes, it produces no shrapnel.
Currently, this car is in the prototype stage and still has a long way to go before it hits the road. There are a few kinks to be sorted out, a few safety guidelines to be met, etc. But, the people in TATA Motors are greatly optimistic that this car will become the norm by the next decade.. Fingers crossed!!!