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Monday, October 13, 2008

Compressed air cars coming to NZ

Buzzing about in a compressed air-powered car will be an option for environmentally conscious Kiwis later this year.

The revolutionary new vehicle powered by compressed air can be driven at a speed of up to 70kmh, travel 100km for $2 and will save energy and help the environment, the New Zealand Herald reported today.

The small Airpod was likely to be imported into New Zealand by the end of the year by New Zealand company IndraNet Technologies from its European manufacturer, MDI.

"The Airpod is great fun. There is no steering wheel and you run it with a joy stick," said IndraNet managing director Dr Louis Arnoux, who was in France for the vehicle's unveiling yesterday.

The Airpod has a very small compressed air-powered engine on each of the rear wheels and is steered by controlling the flow of air from each engine.

However, the editor of the New Zealand car-buying reference manual The Dog and Lemon Guide, Clive Matthew-Wilson, said it was important to remember that the Airpod was ultimately not powered by air, but by whatever form of energy was used to compress the air.

"It's a slightly more efficient way of wasting energy on inefficient trips.

He also doubted the car's fuel economy, saying one of the reasons the cars were so efficient was because they were small and light.

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3 comments:

marbric said...

When I have an an air car I will expect to charge it with a point-of-use power generation unit (based on the same compressed air technology used in the air car) that is supplying my home with electricty.

According to IT MDI Energy website http://www.itmdi-energy.com/news/airpod_launch-091008.php Quoted Dr Louis Arnoux as saying "We expect that within 3 years, MDI will have implemented new versions of its technology enabling its engines to run on energy 100% derived from solar sources"

Something to really look forward too as new technologies develop.

Precommissioning said...

That's why it is necessary to always check around first before you get any service to make sure you get the best quality of service for your dollars.

kompresör said...

Air-powered tools are used for a number of automotive and construction tasks such as tightening the lug nuts on your vehicle’s wheels or driving nails in home renovation