India Air Powered Car to Feature Zero Emissions

The largest automaker in India is set to revolutionize the way we travel…maybe.

If Tata Motors delivers on its promise, the world's first commercial air-powered automobile will be a reality, in the words of company spokespeople, "sooner rather than later." Tata has planned several models, one of which is the CityCAT. The company claims that the CityCAT will be capable of reaching a top speed of 68 miles per hour with a range of 125 miles – making it ideal for short urban commutes.

The car can be "refueled" at gas stations using specially designed air compressors at a cost of about US$2 per fill. Tata Motors also says the CityCAT's price tag will be under US$13,000 – making it an extremely practical option for the everyday person.

Sound too good to be true? It might be. The CityCAT – and all the other models Tata Motors has planned – is held together by glue, leading to serious safety concerns. While this may prevent the car from ever catching on in the United States and other leading economies around the world with dense urban populations, Tata Motors says is has aggressive plans to introduce its line of air-powered cars to markets in Israel, South Africa and Germany.

If it catches on there and safety can be improved, the sky's the limit for this technology.

Posted by Didier on June 12,2009 at 1:05 PM

I am sorry to have to say this, but  the information about the air cars here in this article is partly wrong. The air cars shown and mentioned are developed and made by the French company MDI, not by Tata. Tata plans to sell one of its own models (the Nano) with a compressed air engine from MDI.

The picture of the minivan is of an old testing prototype that will never be sold in this version.

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Posted by Mike on June 11,2009 at 1:01 PM

There had to be a catch. $13,000 sounds great until you find out its held together by glue!!! Would love to hear what the warranty is for it. I have my doubts that it would be able to survive even one Canadian winter!

Posted by Jessica on June 10,2009 at 2:44 PM

2 dollars US to fill up...I'd like one of those for sure! Hopefully their technology can be improved in the US and Canada and we can all be driving air powered cars in the future. Environmentally friendly and economically friendly - a win/win, if you ask me!

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