AIRPod

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MDI AirPod at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show

The AIRPod is an alternative fuel vehicle in development by Motor Development International that is powered by compressed air.[1] The AIRPod has being planned to be produced in three different configurations that will vary the number of seats and amount of cargo storage while keeping the same basic chassis.[2] It is designed as an zero-emission urban vehicle. Prototypes have been tested by KLM/AirFrance for use as emission-free vehicles in airports.

MDI has been promising production of the AirPod since 2000 but as of October 2013 none have gone on sale.

In September 2013 it was announced that the car would be manufactured in Sardinia, Italy, for sale in summer 2014.

Technical Characteristics[edit]

Technical Characteristics
AIRPod
AIRPod Cargo
Type
Urban carrier without driving licence
Number of Seats
3-4
1
Length (m)
2.07
Width (m)
1.60
Height (m)
1.74
Turning radius (m)
1.90
Weight when empty (kg)
220
210
Useful cargo (kg)
-
300
Cargo (m³)
-
1.10
Moteur
44P06 à chambre active
Total cylinder volume (cm³)
180 (active chamber + expansion chamber)
Maximum power (kW)
4 kW (5.45 cv) with 18 bars
Maximum torque (Nm)
15
Chassis / Body
Composite sandwich (glass fiber / polyurethane foam)
Front wheels
2 wheel "Diabolo"
Train arrière
Bras tirés
Tires
Front : 10×4.00-5 Rear :  100/90-16
Brakes
Rear discs
Steering
Differential adjustment of read wheel speed
Energy Recovery
Electronically controlled alternators during breaking
Tank
Carbon fiber on thermoplastic
Tank Volume (litres) '
175
Tank pressure (bar)
350
Stability control
Gyroscopic assisted system with control of trajectory
Rear view
LCD screen
Active Security
External airbag
Steering control
Joystick
'Electronics
Onboard Calculator for steering and motor management
Maximum Speed (km/h)
45 km/h without license – 70 km/h with license
Range in urban cycle (km)
220
Refuel time (minute)
1.5
Cost per 100 km (€)
0.5

Production model[edit]

In September 2013 it was claimed that the vehicle will be on sale from summer 2014 with a base model with 100 km range starting at 7000 Euros, and one with an improved engine, that uses some fuel in addition to the compressed air, giving 250 km range for 8000 Euros. The vehicles will be manufactured in Bolotana, Sardinia, Italy.[3]

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