Motor Development International or better known as MDI has come up with innovative automotive technology in the last few years that ‘might’ someday, drives those oil exporting companies out of businesses. All thing being equal and the market are getting more eco-conscious, seeking better and ‘greener’ transportation means, MDI’s AirPod technology is one revolutionary technology that allow cars to run on air.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world to have vehicles that run on non-polluting fuel? Our planet have an unlimited resources for air, and India’s Tata Motors has the brilliant idea to further develop and build clean energy car using MDI’s AirPod Technology that was developed back in 2007.


You might have read our article about MDI’s cars run by air back in 2011, but back last year, seems no big automotive giant really interested in exploring the business potential in such a large scale format.

However, here in 2012, Tata Motors has started their aggresive expansion on the AirPod technology for their urban vehicles and recently tested another two new models of the AirPod urban vehicles. Basically, AirPod technology utilizes ‘compressed air’ to power the engine itself, while Tata Motors’ latest two models have shown the capability to speed up to 70 km per hour.


The one seat control dashboard comes with a joystick, while the back seat offers enough space for two adults. The body of these new models of Tata Motor AirPod urban vehicle is about 2.07m long, with a compact width that allow small turning circle of 1.90m, reminds us for the ‘old’ type of vehicles that accomodate three seaters including the driver by another India vehicle manufacturer – Bajaj.

As a comparison, TX4 London cab need 8.53m to make its legendary turning circle, could you imagine how much parking space and space between cars could be saved for the sake of booming population across the globe?

AIRPod itself is part of series of compressed air vehicles unveiled by MDI with licence of “less than 500kg vehicles”, and will be manufactured following the original production concept proposed by MDI.


The standard version of AIRPod is designed with four seats (3 adults and one child) and has space for luggage, and it is originally dedicated for multiple usage in both private and public sectors. Airports, train stations and municipalities also need a cheap, non-polluting car with high mobility. Of course, AirPod will also suitable for traffic jam urban areas with little parking space available for those living in crowded cities across the globe while still able to gain mobility in a ‘green’ manner.

On the cost, Tata Motors’ Airpods manufacturing cost are designed with a cast the core mechanical components sitting on a cast aluminum frame clad in fiberglass, eliminating the use of expensive carbon fiber, making visible for many developing or under developed countries for budget limited manufacturing facilities to participate in creating greener means of transportation tool.


MDI originally declared the Airpod’s range on the urban cycle as 220km, delivered from a 175-litre fuel tank that takes around one-and-a-half minutes to refill from an industrial-spec ‘Air Station’. This latest model comes with a 260-litre tank, although the air pressure has had to decrease from 350bar to 248bar to conform to regulations. The upshot is that range is now between 120km and 150km. Total weight is around 200kg, with 24kg of that accounted for by the engine.

Sustainable, space saving, cost effective and yet environment friendly, what else would a future vehicle need to be? Thanks to MDI’s pioneering AirPod technology that uses compressed air for running the engine, if lucky enough we might be able to witness endless innovation from automotive industry in near future.


You could get more technical specifications regarding MDI’s AirPod vehicle, could be obtained right here!

By the way, have you read any new update about the urine powered vehicles? It might be a bit ‘dirty’ to use urine, but heck, if you are alternative technology fans, you should read about it.

[ Source: MDI ; Tata Motors ]