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Tata Motors is ready to introduce Air Car - Tata Motors is taking giant  strides and making history for  itself.  First the Land Rover/Jaguar deal,  then the world's  cheapest car, and now it  is also set to introduce the car  that runs  on compressed  air.

India's  largest  automaker, Tata Motors, is set to  start producing the world's  first  commercial air-powered vehicle.
 The  Air Car, developed  by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Negre for   Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air, as  opposed to the  gas-and-oxygen explosions  of internal-combustion models, to push  its  engine's pistons.  Some 600 zero-emissions  Air Cars  are scheduled to hit Indian  streets by  August  2011.
 The  Air Car, called the  "MiniCAT" could cost around Rs. 3,475,225   ($8,177.00) in India and would have a range of  around 300 km  between  refuels.

The  cost of a refill  would be about Rs. 85  ($2.00)

The  MiniCAT which is a  simple, light urban  car, with a tubular chassis that is glued,   not welded, and a body  of fiberglass powered by compressed   air.  Microcontrollers are used in every  device in the car,  so one tiny radio  transmitter sends instructions to the  lights,  indicators,  etc.

There  are no keys - just  an access card which  can be read by the car from your   pocket.  According to the designers, it  costs less than 50  rupees per 100 Km  (about a tenth that of a petrol  car).   Its mileage is about double  that of the most advanced electric  car  (200 to 300 km or 10 hours of driving), a factor  which makes  a perfect choice in cities  where 80% of motorists drive at less  than  60 Km.  The car has a top speed of  105  Kmph.

 Refilling  the car will,  once the market develops,  take place at adapted petrol stations  to  administer compressed air.  In two or three  minutes, and  at a cost of approximately  100 rupees, the car will be ready to  go  another 200-300  kilometers.

  As   a viable alternative, the car carries a small  compressor which  can be connected to the  mains (220V or 380V) and refill the tank   in 3-4 hours.  Due to the absence of  combustion and,  consequently, of residues,  changing the oil (1 liter of  vegetable  oil) is necessary only every 50,000   Km).
The   temperature of the clean air expelled by the  exhaust pipe is  between 0-15 degrees below  zero, which makes it suitable for use  by  the internal air conditioning system with no  need for gases  or loss of   power.
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