AirPod Concept Car Runs on Compressed Air

In a world where hybrid and all-electric vehicles are becoming more and more enticing, one car maker decided to take a different route. Slaving away since early 2007, India-based car maker Tata and Luxembourg's MDI have joined forces to create the world's first air-powered car. Dubbed the AirPod, the ultra-light, one seater is designed specifically for the urban environment.

Tata AirPod Concept Vehicle

With speeds between 28 and 43 miles per hour, the AirPod won't be joining any races anytime soon, unless it's a race for efficiency. Rather than running on gasoline or electricity, the AirPod is pumped with compressed air at a charging station or sucked in via an onboard electric engine. Like its hybrid cousins, the car is also capable of collecting energy while braking.

While the first concept was finished in 2011, it wasn't until May of this year that the companies completed testing the vehicle. No word on a release date or pricing just yet, but we definitely wouldn't be opposed to seeing a few more air-powered concepts in the future. For more information, tune into the Tata Motors webpage.

 

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  • A Bad Day
    Hm, I recall seeing a concept/prototype of an air-powered car back in the 2007s.
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  • A Bad Day
    Hm, I recall seeing a concept/prototype of an air-powered car back in the 2007s.
  • Anonymous
    They don't quite seem to mention what the range of this thing is (the 100 miles figure is for something different), although given its target market, it probably doesn't need that much range per charge.

    Now, if only this worked with a hand-operated air pump...
  • master_chen
    Kickstarter donation page where?