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Offline daimond

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The air engine

Super-Sustainable Engineair O2 Pursuit is Fueled by Compressed Air

The ‘O2 Pursuit’ is an air-powered motorcycle powered by a DiPietro air engine from Melbourne’s Engineair Pty Ltd. Its sleek, good looks may hide the fact that this two-wheeled personal transportation is also lightweight and highly maneuverable. Solar-powered air compressors recharge it and in addition to being CO2-free, it’s quiet!

If you like the O2 Pursuit concept design, vote for it: Voting in the Melbourne Design Awards 2010 is open until February 13th, 2011.

The 'O2 Pursuit' is a special motorcycle, created in order to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to potential customers, eager to avoid gas guzzlers and eco-unfriendly products. The 'DiPietro air engine' is a suitable alternative, with a better chance for longevity than the traditional motorcycle.

The Saline Airstream is an Awesome Ride that Could Change Everything

Air-powered motorcycles may not be the newest toy on the block, but there has never been one as fast, as impressive or as groundbreaking as the Saline Airstream.

Designed by five French students as a racing bike, the Saline Airstream features a remarkably light and durable aluminum/magnesium frame that gives it the foundation it needs to seriously dish out some powerful horsepower. On top of this, it also packs 27 liters of compressed air for its engine in three discretely designed holding tanks.

The bike is currently being designed in two different models: one as a normal motorcycle and one for extremely high-speed, record-setting performance. Either way, however, the Saline Airstream is a wake-up call to anyone who has ever argued that fossil fuel-free automobiles can’t measure up to their oil-dependent brethren.


February 29, 2008 The Zero-Pollution
MDI Air Car , invented in France and
licensed by Tata Motors in India , is
coming to American shores. Zero
Pollution Motors have announced
they will begin taking reservations for
the first U. S. deliveries in the next
couple of months, but it will be 2010
before Americans get their first taste
of the ingenious compressed-air
motor, which runs to 35mph entirely
on air, or uses a trickle of petrol to
heat and compress more air to reach
higher speeds up to 90mph. It'll cost
next to nothing to run (how dopp
30,000 km service intervals sound?) ,
have a range of up to 1000 miles, and
retail for well under US$20, 000.] [url=][/url]

by late next year! Air! As in FREE (or 25
cents at the petrol station.) APM has
the rights to build several modular
plants that can grind out 10,000 cars a
year. If the deal needs to be sweeter,
how about a sticker below $18,000 ?
The new air-car will be called the
MiniCAT, which has three seats. The
company ZPM plans to make a six-
seat version for families as well. The
MiniCAT will have 75 hp and can travel
1000 miles going 96 mph with only
one small fill-up.

Tata Nano To Offer Compressed Air Engine Optional, Make Electric Cars Look Silly

Tata-Nano-Air-Compressor.jpgBuried in a New York Times article on "Low-Carbon Chic" (vomit) comes confirmation the Tata Nano, the $2500 (or maybe a bit more) mini-car will offer a MDI compressed air engine as an option. Tata has been backing MDI for a while now, and off-the-cuff we mused at the idea of the compressed air engine option in a Nano months ago. Given the novelty of the engine, it was more a dismissal than speculation. Well, we guess it turns out we were right. Remember after the Tata Nano was unveiled, how all the enviro-dweebs whined incessantly about how the huge swath of new little cars on India's streets would contribute bajillions of tons of carbon dioxide to the environment? Well, maybe they'll be eating some crow because $3 worth of electricity will probably fill a tank for a 125 mile trip.

This news comes as something of a game changer for the Nano. Before the car offered bare bones transportation at a cheap price. Certainly a strong selling point, but with skyrocketing fuel prices, the gas has become as much a barrier to market entry as the price of the car. With the incredibly cheap fueling cost on compressed air the car becomes even more accessible to an even wider audience.

Forget all that for a moment though. This kind of makes us wonder what the point is of billions of dollars being invested in lithium-ion batteries, hybridization, low rolling resistance tires, aerodynamics, hydrogen fuel cells and all that other malarkey. The issue with all of the highly touted alternative fuels is capacity or distribution. Hydrogen fuel is expensive to make, has no distribution network and it would be expensive to implement one. Electricity generally comes from coal-fired power plants at the moment (in the US), charging stations don't exactly litter the landscape, and even it they did, it takes forever to charge the batteries.

However, the air compressor engine can rely on almost any power source. All it has to do is be converted by way of air compressor. You could use a gasoline compressor, windmill, a water wheel, electric compressor, hell, you could pedal your way to a full tank if you rigged up a proper system. And cheap. Air compressors have been around for a couple hundred years now. We kind of have them figured out. And they work fast, a fill up would probably take as long as it does now. Huh, remind us again why we're supposed to be excited about alternative fuels? [NYTimes]

Tata nano air car refuels in one minute, costs $2 for 200km

heard about the Tata backed and French developed Air Car back in
January and are intrigued by the brilliantly simple concept. It seems
the Beeb has caught wind of it too and recently ran the coverage you
see above. The numbers on it are pretty exciting for something running
like an air compressor with its valves reversed. A top speed of 110
km/h and a range of 200 km makes it seem almost useful. Predictions on
production dates are to be taken with a grain of salt, but claims of
the end of the year are bandied about. Wonder if it will be an
available option on the Tata Nano?

After successfully launching world’s cheapest small car Nano on Indian
roads, Tata Motors has now turned its attention to prepare for the
global roll-out of the $2000 compact car. It is not only looking at
markets like the U.S. and Europe, including Russia, but also banking
on Latin America and South Asian nations to sell this fuel-efficient

Tata Motors, which has a tie-up with Fiat, is well-placed to leverage
the marketing and sales network of the Italian car manufacturer across
nations, particularly Europe and Latin America. Tata Motors believes
that apart from India, developing South American economies like
Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Venezuela could be a good market for
Nano. For Fiat, Brazil is one of its biggest markets where it has
strong dealership network and this may go in Tata Motors’ favour.

Tata Motors had already unveiled its Europe-specific model, Europa, in
Geneva Motor Show, which it plans to introduce in 2011. Tata Group
head Ratan Tata had said that though the European version of Nano
would have different specifications vis-À-vis its Indian version, it
will still remain a “people’s car” (in terms of pricing). Unlike the
Indian model, the Europa model would be equipped with a sturdy bumper,
a much rigid body, an air-conditioner, two airbags and power windows.
Tata Motors already sells its models in Italy, Spain and Poland, and
hence is comfortably placed to market its much-awaited model. It is
also banking on Russia as a good market.

For Tata Motors, the good news came recently when Nano passed the
crash test held in the U.K. recently. Interestingly, it was Nano’s
Indian model and not Europa (the model designed specially for Europe
markets) which passed the 40 per cent offset crash test at 56 kmph and
the side-impact tests at a high-tech test facility at Birmingham. It
is mandatory to clear these basic tests before a car is allowed to be
sold in Europe. Similarly, Nano is headed for the U.S. market in the
next couple of years. Tata Motors would have to get safety and
emissions certifications before selling Nano in the U.S., where it can
take advantage of the Fiat-Chrysler distribution network. Its superb
mileage and emissions conforming to European standards would help it
become a big draw in the Western markets, particularly Europe and the
U.S. that have so far remained glued to fuel-guzzling SUVs and sedans.

Tata Motors is also looking at South Asia and African markets. While
countries like Thailand and Malaysia offer good prospects for Nano in
Southeast Asia, in Africa, where Tata Motors is fast progressing, Nano
might run on the streets of Nigeria, South Africa, Congo, Senegal and
Namibia by 2011.

Nano is a small family and low budget car. Besides, this Nano is
designed for new generation car and the brand name of Tata Motors is
also associated with it. That is why people choose it," said Kulbir
Singh Bhatia.

Fabricated and designed for families with limited finances, the Nano
also attracted the attention of car enthusiasts.

"I drive car as I love to drive. It is my hobby. My other cars have
become old so I have taken the new car, let's see how it is," said
Tapan Dutta.

Some 100,000 people were selected from a ballot to be the first
recipients of the Nano, which reviewers have compared to the European
Smart car and the classic Volkswagen Beetle.

Ratan Tata launched the Nano in March, predicting the no-frills
vehicle would revolutionise travel for millions of Indians, getting
the growing middle-class, urban population off motorcycles and into
safer, affordable cars.

Three versions of the sporty, jellybean-shaped Nano went on sale in
April: the basic model and more expensive CX and LX versions, which
have extra features like air-conditioning, automatic windows and
central locking.

The standard model sells for 140,000 rupees including tax in the
showroom. The deluxe models cost up to 185,000 rupees.($3,000)

Tata Motors' Pantnagar factory in Uttarakhand can produce up to 50,000
Nanos every year.

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How much is the hand pump *smile* and how long takes it to pump it up. 

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I saw a tv programme about this concept a few months ago and I thought it looked great for city type cars. I think a french company started the idea and licensed an Indian manufacturer to make them.
They wouldn't go down well with most of the car buying public in the UK though, who want the size of the car to portray their wealth and (self) importance. Most put their comfort and performance ahead of any environmental concerns unfortunately.  Ego still rules when it's time to buy, for most.

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Let me guess they work with air, hmmm... *puff* *puff* I do that all for environment.


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