Thursday, March 22, 2007

Tatas air car?

This one is quite interesting, since I have not seen this being reported anywhere else. (Link via Shadow Warrior)

Many respected engineers have been trying for years to bring a compressed air car to market, believing strongly that compressed air can power a viable "zero pollution" car. Now the first commercial compressed air car is on the verge of production and beginning to attract a lot of attention, and with a recently signed partnership with Tata, India's largest automotive manufacturer, the prospects of very cost-effective mass production are now a distinct possibility.

Tata has signed an agreement with MDI for application in India of MDI's engine technology, and believes the engine is viable – it's press statement described it as "efficient, cost-effective, scalable, and capable of other applications such as power generation".

The agreement between Tata Motors and MDI envisages Tata's supporting further development and refinement of the technology, and its application and licensing for India.

Theres also a Youtube video and the companys own site.

The Tata agreement link is here.

1 comment:

Anand said...

N: The wikipedia page on the 'air car' states that compressing the air uses power (which in turn, might be generated conventionally). The merits of this are quite clear.
But what stumps me is the statement that the engine could be used to generate power. Why?