Tata, an Indian car maker has constructed a prototype air-powered car – the Airpod – and while this robot looking vehicle is a little bit out of the ordinary, it may just save the world.
The company has completed testing on two vehicles that are powered by compressed air. Despite looking like R2D2’s distant cousin, the small air-powered vehicle clocks a speed in the vicinity of 80km/h (50mph) and can travel as much as 200 km or 125 miles before needing to be recharged.
The idea of a car being powered by compressed air is nothing new, and while the concept and idea have been around for many years, it was never deemed feasible, and therefore never actually looked over and developed until now.
The Airpod is truly ahead of the game, and it’s encouraging to see that motor-makers are slowly moving toward more environmentally friendly vehicles, with VW mocking up a concept electric Beetle and the Nissan Leaf proving a stylish electric motor.
With virtually zero emissions and at the cost of about 2.5 Euro Cents per kilometre, it is definitely one of the most environmentally and economically friendly vehicles in the world. The tank holds about 175 litres of compressed air that can be filled at home, at special stations, or by activating the on-board electric motor to suck air in from the outside.
The expected price of the Airpod is around €7,000, and with the cars cheap running costs it makes the vehicle both cheap to purchase and cheap to run – and could arguably beat out most smart cars from the market.
The car seats three people, which is impressive for its small size, but certainly won’t win any awards for ‘best looking car’. But despite its style (or lack thereof) the Airpod has almost zero emissions, low maintenance costs, it`s very simple, very light and genuinely revolutionary.
By Brendan Giles
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