US’s First Production Green Vehicle Powered by Air Gets $5 Million Investment

Before we understand how a car gets propulsion only using air, we need to mention these words: sharks and zero pollution. The first one goes for the title investors receive in the popular ABC reality television series in which aspiring entrepreneur-contestants make business presentations to a panel of...well, “sharks”. The rest refer to what the $10,000 city car named AIRPod stands for.
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Things tend to go rather emotional on the popular reality television series that have been running on ABC for the last six years, but it was not the case this time. The episode broadcast on May 1st. Among others, Pat Boone, the famous music star from the 1950s, and Ethan Tucker, owner of Zero Pollution Motors, presented their plan to make traffic in busy cities around US cleaner.

Zero Pollution Motors is the solely auto company in the US who owns the rights to manufacture and sell the AIRPod in the country.

In just a couple of words, the AIRPod is a vehicle that uses compressed air to push the pistons of the motor and move the car. The company owning the patent is called Motor Development International SA (MDI), a French firm (incorporated in Luxembourg) that has been developing several models after the same principle.

Considering it’s been five years since we last spoke about the green four-wheeler, we’ll take a second to remind you of its features. Cold air compressed in tanks to 300 times atmospheric pressure is heated and fed into the cylinders of a piston engine to make the wheels spin.

The air that comes out is cleaner than the one that goes in

Not only is there no combustion whatsoever, but the engine’s creator, French inventor and environmentalist Guy Negre, says the air emitted is cleaner than the air that goes in, due to an internal filter.

With an estimated retail price of $10,000, the car will weigh about 600 lbs (272 kg), will have an 80-mile (128 km) range and a top speed of 50 mph (80.4 km/h). Refilling the tank can be done at home using an electric compressor and its inventor hopes in the future gas stations will offer the service for as little as three dollars.

According to Environment News Service, Robert Herjavec, one of the "sharks" in the show, agreed to invest $5 million in the company, on Friday, getting half of shares in return.

Apparently, AIRPod will be manufactured in regional turnkey micro production factories throughout the US, with a trial that will first start in Hawaii. It’s where the first production plant is believed to make the first air-powered vehicles, as the primary cars should reach the market later this year.


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