Sister site AutoblogGreen
recently had a sitdown with Miguel Celades, the sales manager for Moteur Developpement International (MDI). In case those names aren't immediately recognizable, MDI
is the Luxembourg-based company that is developing the Air Car
in Southern France. The Air Car, as its name implies, is a car that is powered by compressed air. It was developed by Guy Nègre, a former Formula 1 engineer and designer of the "W" engine configuration made popular at Volkswagen
. It was while working with the Renault
F1 team that Nègre saw how the race cars were started using compressed air, and that sparked his imagination. He started to design a vehicle that could RUN
on compressed air. More than a dozen years later, the firm has teamed with Tata
Motors of India
to produce the CAT (Compressed Air Technology) and its variants.
Read the whole AB Green interview to learn how automotive noob, Mr. Celades, got involved in the project and what his vision for MDI is throughout the world. He also gives some insight into how the technology works.