• Jan 5th 2008 at 11:42AM
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BBC News has done a report on the Air Car recently that shares some exciting details. First, release: The BBC confirms the car will be released by the "end of year" (as the Age reported) and adds it will be released in Europe and India. Second, the cost: just 3,500 Euros which, considering that's the price of the "cheapest model" and conversion rates, somewhat in line with the cost reported by the Age: $8,000AU. Lastly, details: The BBC News also says the car will go 124 miles on a fill-up that will cost 1.5 Euros and will take just a few minutes. This is not a neighborhood electric vehicle because the car will have a top speed of 68 MPH. I can't wait for an announcement about the date and price for an American release!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      This is strange - every two years I hear about air cars... and noithing happens - even when the gas prices is skyrocketing (not now, but just a month or so ago)...

      What is so obscure in it, that it is NOT starting? i'd buy with pleasure a car on air, especially a cheap one - and I do not need a high speed at all!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Having been to India, complete gridlock is already in full effect. I can't imagine how much worse the traffic will be when Indians start buying cars in greater numbers. The infrastructure of the country is terrible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      MDI still has not started production, even though MDI has claimed several times since this article was written that production would soon start. The latest was November 2011 when MDI announced that a factory in Switzerland by catecar.ch would start mass production of the MDI Airpod in March 2011. Like all other previous attempts, it failed. It appears that Catecar wanted to see some independent proof that the MDI Airpod worked as claimed, but MDI was unwilling to provide such proof. So Catecar declined to pay additional license fees. MDI also failed to go into production in the MDI's facility in Carros, near Nice, France.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those specs sound incorrect to me.

      Looked more like 30mph topspeed, and a 90 mile range.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Does an Air Car need air bags ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yet another announcement by the BBC about the MDI air car going into production "this year".

      BBC --- what happened to the cars in these two articles you published in 2000 ?????? What happened to the cars that were supposed to be in mass production by MDI and Zero Pollution Motors back in 2002 ?????

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/988265.stm and

      • 7 Years Ago
      The EU is gonna have a heck of a time figuring out a way to tax compressed air.

      • 7 Years Ago
      A lot of cheapskates are getting excited, thinking that they can just fill up at any gas station tire air pump for free, but they don't realize that the standard air compressors only go to 150 psi, and the air car needs 4,500 psi. Yep, a really expensive special compressor is needed, and there will be a substantial charge to refill.

      As for performance, this vehicle could go 124 miles on a single fillup, or go 68 mph, but not both. The efficiency and range drops significantly at higher speeds.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The propulsion technology could prove a godsend for developing countries like India that are at the cusp of progressing from two-wheeled to four-wheeled vehicles. The latter are safer and more comfortable in the rain but also require more fuel and more space to drive and park.

      Governments may therefore have to start reserving lanes for powered rikshas and jitneys (share cabs) just to avoid complete gridlock in their inner cities. Running on compressed air would eliminate the serious air quality problems associated with diesels and two-stroke gasoline engines. Acceleration and top speed are secondary considerations when traffic is moving very slowly anyhow.

      The multi-stage compressors and intercoolers could be powered electrically or, by an ICE running on natural or biogas. Note that the compressed air is stored in composite tanks at moderate temperatures and reaches temperatures well below ambient at the end of the thermodynamic cycle. This can be exploited for air conditioning a quiet, closed passenger compartment while the vehicle is moving. An additional latent cold store (aka block of ice) may be used to buffer the cold energy and sustain A/C for up to a minute whenever the vehicle has to stop.

      However, however good the soundproofing inside, compressed air engines do still emit a lot more exterior noise than four-stroke ICEs. Indeed, this alone may prevent the technology from gaining significant market share in Europe, where noise emissions from four-wheelers are subject to regulations. Btw, the di Pietro rotary air motor from Australia may perform better in this respect than MDI's conventional piston-based design.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I have five dollars bet that this will never come to the USA. Greed and Gluttony will keep it away.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Answer to Dave [1], Road taxes will likely be collected using quarterly odometer readings.

      A fair method because it relates exactly to degree of roadways use.

      Heaven on earth is just around the corner for us ** poor boys**.

      Cars coming soon from Tata Motors and competitors in China for 3K to 6K with no need of gasoline or diesel gold expenditures.

      And a great new modern laptop to go with it for only $299 to $499 . . .


      Excellent find!

      This is the avenue to shake free of the ponderous MS Windows stranglehold!

      Asus motherboards have earned our respect over the long term.. now they provide a sort of freedom. NICE!

      The article ends up with . . .

      ** Now rumors are circulating that a new Intel
      Merom-based ASUS Eee PC that may ship as early as April will run so efficiently that it won't need a fan. The entire laptop will be solid state -- no moving parts. Intel loves that kind of thing.

      There's no question about it -- Asustek is the most hated company in the industry.

      Microsoft, Apple, Dell and Palm hate Asustek because the company can give us something they can't: A super cheap, flexible, powerful mobile computer. At $299, why would anyone not buy one?
      = TG

      • 6 Years Ago
      A few comments above, the author of this article, Lascelles Linton said "Until they are totally proven wrong or change their statements, I won't update the article."

      We are now in late May 2009. It is clear that MDI will not introduce this car in 2008.

      Time to update the article. Or will you wait until the end of 2009 before acknowledging that they aren't going to deliver in 2008.

      This is not anything new. MDI also failed to deliver in 2001, in 2002, in 2004, in 2005, in 2006, and in 2007. These were all "expected to be on sale" dates for previous MDI cars. They still have not sold a single vehicle.
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