Indian Tata Motors prepares to launch serial production of its AirPod, the automobile powered by compressed air.
Its 175-liter compressed air tank will be enough for a 200 kilometers’ ride. Then the tank may be refilled at a compressor station or by inbuilt compressor. Furthermore, the car may use braking energy to refill the tank.
AirPod has seat for three passengers and maximum speed of 70 km/h. In accordance with AirPod performance characteristics it can also be called the cheapest car to use: full refilling with the compressed air is claimed to cost ca. $1.
However, there are debates whether AirPod may become the substitute for a “normal” car. Surely, considering different types of green automobiles, all of them lag behind AirPod with its 200 for $1, two minutes’ refilling time and zero emissions (produced by the car itself). Still, this “Indian Smart” is good for slow rides in downtown and probably will not become a serious competitor for automobile producers all around the world.