Where is the Air-Powered Car?

It’s been a decade since we’ve seen examples of the Air-Car. Since then, the idea of using air pressure to power a car has spread, with minimal fanfare. Companies like TATA have acquired air-car companies with the promise of production coming in the near future.

Here’s Zero Pollution Motors info:

AIRPod 2.0 Compressed Air-Powered Car

Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) is poised to produce the first compressed air-powered car for sale in the United States by Q4 2017-Q1 2018 . Production in Europe is schedule for May 2017, US buyers estimate delivery, for those who paid their deposits 2nd half 2017.

The AIRPod vehicle, developed by MDI (www.mdi.lu), is the solution to urban pollution and urban mobility.  With its small size, a tiny price, zero pollution, and a fun and futuristic design, AIRPod marks a turning point in the range of urban vehicles.   It is a real breath of fresh air in cities and the prelude to travel without pollution.

Zero Pollution Motors, LLC is launching the urban car of the future, now.

As one of the U.S. licensee for Luxembourg-based MDI, the developer of the Air Car as a compression-based alternative to the internal combustion engine, ZPM has attained rights to build one the first of several modular plants in the United States to produce the air-powered vehicles branded ‘AIRPod’.

Delivery Continental USA. The purchaser will have to pay for the shipment from the plant to their destination. For the moment we are negotiating with various parties as where the first plant will be build in continental US. Once we have selected a site, it will be announced officially. Once we officially announce the site of the first plant, you can request a freight estimate from UPS at http://www.ups.com.

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It looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer.

Here’s an air car testing somewhere in Europe.

TATA Magic Iris: the Tiny Van is Awesomely Unique

Tata Magic Iris van 1
The Tata Magic IRIS Micro Van is a utilitarian, simple vehicle built for the masses of India both as a transport and a work truck. It’s also one of the most bonkers, odd-ball, bananas designs ever seen on a mass-production vehicle. That’s why it’s cool.

Being that efficiency is the name of the game, the Tata Magic IRIS Micro Van comes with an (about) 11 horsepower, single-cylinder, 611-cc, four-stroke diesel that makes about 22.8 lbs-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm. It’s hardly a powerhouse, but it was never meant to be one.

Tata Magic Iris van int
The front suspension is a independent MacPherson Strut, hydraulic double acting shock absorber setup. The rear suspension is a coil spring with semi trailing arm, hydraulic double acting shock absorber setup.

It has a four-speed manual transmission feeding the rear wheels and four-wheel drum brakes – yes, “drum” brakes. Look, they are cheap and low maintenance – right? Besides, the Tata Magic Iris only weighs about 1,500 lbs. It’s less than 10 feet long, yet it’s supposed to hold four people comfortably. There’s a separate luggage compartment in the rear, just over the engine/gearbox location.

Tata Magic Iris van chart
Price? About $3,465 U.S.

I enjoy looking for unusual trucks around the world. Finding innovative thinking for vehicles we’ll never see in the North American market can be rewarding. Just look at how they designed this little thing! It’s a cab-over design that would never pass muster in our safety tests; sure, but it looks fantastically bizarre!

Tata Magic Iris van 2
I desperately want to drive one.

Check out this fun promotional video!

Modern Love Bug? Check out the Tata GenX Nano

By: Hans Gruber

The Tata Nano is one of the lest expensive cars you can buy new. In the future we will cover the all new 2017 Tata Nano Pelican, which is a direct replacement for this current Nano.

Here’s the technical information:

ENGINE, DRIVETRAIN & CHASSIS
Type 2 Cylinder, MPFI
Capacity (cc) 624
Max. Engine Power 38 PS @ 5500 +/- 250 rpm
Max. Torque 51 Nm @ 4000 +/- 500 rpm
Top Speed 105 kmph
Gradability 30%
Transmission Type Synchromesh on All Forward Gears ; Sliding Mesh on Reverse Gear with Overdrive on 4th Gear
No. of Gears 4 Forward and 1 Reverse
Brake Type Dual Circuit, Vertical Split Operated by Tandem Master Cylinder with Vacuum Booster
Front & Rear Brakes 180 mm Dia. Drum Brakes
Suspension-Front Independent, Lower Wishbone, McPherson Strut with Gas Filled Dampers and Anti-Roll Bar
Suspension-Rear Independent, Semi Trailing Arm with Coil Spring and Gas Filled Shock Absorbers
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS
Wheel Base (mm) 2230
Overall Length (mm) 3099
Overall Width (mm) 1495 without ORVMs
Overall Height (mm) 1652
Min. Ground Clearance (mm) 180
Kerb Weight (kgs) 600 to 635
Fuel Tank Capacity (ltr) 15
Seating Capacity 4 Persons
Wheels Size 4 B x 12
Minimum Turning Circle Radius (m) 4
Tyres Radial & Tubeless Tyres, Front – 135/70 R 12 & Rear 155/65 R 12
Spare Tyre Size 135/70 R 12
Luggage Space (ltr) 500 with Rear Seat Folded & Otherwise 80
SPECIFICATIONS
STYLE
Roof Spoiler | Body Coloured Bumpers | Body
Coloured Door Handles | Seat Upholstery – Dual
Tone/Trendy Black /Premium Beige | Tinted
Glass | Front & Rear Fog Lamps | Driver &
Passenger Side Tip – Tap ORVM | Wheelcover –
Stylish in Steel
CONVENIENCE & UTILITY
12V Power Socket | Glove Box | Map Pocket
Integral with Driver & Co-driver Seat | Front
Assist Grips | Driver Seat with Slider | Passenger
Side Seat with Slider | Cup Holder in Front
Console | Magazine & Coin Holder on All Doors |
Sun Visor on Driver & Passenger Side | Vanity
Mirror
SAFETY & SECURITY
Remote Central Locking | Seat Belts – Front &
Rear | Additional Body Reinforcements |
Booster Assisted Brakes | Intrusion Beam |
Centre High Mount Stop Lamp | Immobilizer
COMFORT
Air-Conditioning | Heater | Front Power Windows |
Anti-Glare IRVM | Rear – Seat Folding | Front
Seat Headrest | Rear Seat Integral Headrest |
Gear Shift Console | Cabin Lamp | Low Fuel
Warming Lamp | Rear Seat Folding | Music
System with CD, AUX & Bluetooth