MiniCat, the India’s Tata

For many years, engineers have been trying to develop a compressed aircar to the market. They are very determined that the compressed air is capable of providing power a viable zero pollution vehicle. Today, the first ever commercial compressed air vehicle is now in the midst of production and starts to caught the attention of many car aficionados. Recently, India’s largest auto manufacturer has signed partnership with TATA. They planned on developing a cost-effective mass production of such car. Now, we have the MINICAT which is a simple, light urban vehicle that features a tubular chassis, unglued, not welded and has a body of fiberglass.

The heart of its electronic as well as the communication system on the vehicle is a computer that feeds vast information reports that essentially extends well beyond the vehicle speed. It is also built to integrate with outside mechanism and almost everything that you desire, from the voice recognition, GSM telephone, A GPS guidance mechanism, fleet management system, emergency system, internet connectivity and a distinct form of digital entertainment. It is installed with an engine which can be described as fascinating and the revolutionary electrical system that utilizes one cable and same with its wireless control system. This car has actually Microcontrollers which are the device used so that the tiny radio transmitter can send out some instructions to the indicators, lights and etc.

What makes it different from the other cars is that, there are no keys used. It is designed to have an access card that can be read by the vehicle from your pocket. Now, that’s an easy thing to do. Furthermore, it is amazingly cost-efficient to run, that is according to its creators. It actually costs less than one Euro in every 100km which is about a tenth that of the petrol vehicle. This automobile has a mileage which is about twice as most of the advanced electric vehicles that have 200 to 300 km or 10 hours of driving. This is an essential factor that makes it a perfect vehicle in cities where most of the motorists drives at less than 60km. This automobile has a top speed of 68 mph.

Refilling the vehicle will help the market develop. It will take place at the adapted petrol stations to deliver compressed air. So within two or three minutes, approximately 1.5 Euros, the vehicle is now ready to rock on with another 200-300 kilometers. This vehicle carries the small compressor that can be connected to the mains (220V or 380V) and refill the tank in 3-4 hours. Since there is an absence of combustion and changing of oil to at least 1 liter of vegetable oil which is needed only every 50,000 km. The clean air is basically have a temperature which is expelled by the exhaust pipe and that is between 0-15 degrees below zero that makes it appropriate for the use of the internal air conditioning system and does not require loss of power and gases.

But how does it work? 90m3 of the compressed air is significantly stored in the fibre tanks. It has an air expansion that pushes the pistons and produces a movement. To re-heat the engine and maximize the road coverage, it utilizes the atmospheric temperature. Meanwhile, the air conditioning system employs the expelled cold air. And since there is an absence of combustion and we have pollutions, the oil change is needed is every 31.000 miles.

Today, there are four models which have been produced – a five-passenger taxi, a van, a truck and a car. And the final selling would be 5,500 pounds. The MDI or Moteur Development International is a company founded in Luxembourg, based in the south of France and with its Commercial Office in Barcelona.

~ by khia0486 on June 17, 2008.

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