AirPod: Air-Powered Transport
AirPod – a vehicle powered by compressed air – is one step closer to hitting the world market since Luxembourg-based zero-emissions technology specialist Motor Development International (MDI) partnered with Indian auto manufacturer Tata Motors. Having debuted an engine design in May this year, the next phase of development aims to bring the compressed-air engine to India’s consumer market in the near future.
“[AirPod] is a real breath of fresh air in our cities and the prelude to travel without pollution,” states MDI on its website. Capable of holding three adults and one child, the AirPod’s compact size means it’s well-suited to densely populated urban environments. Moreover, the vehicle’s low fuel costs make it a potentially affordable venture for residents of more rural areas as well, costing just “1 euro per 200 km” travelled.
The ongoing development of the AirPod is indicative of MDI’s mission to “conceive and produce non-pollutant vehicles and systems”. The company has five variations on the AirPod design, including a family-sized van, a sports car and a public transportation vehicle.