Tata’s magical Air Car comes back into focus; Launch plans confirmed?

Posted on Feb 29 2012 - 3:00am by Shrawan Raja
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As most of you may remember, back in 2008, Tata introduced a concept car called the “Mini CAT” that was supposed to run on nothing but compressed air. Working with air proved to be a lot difficult compared to conventional fuels or electricity and the project slipped into the backburner.

Tata Mini Cat Air Car variants

But guess what? As per a report on The Motor Report, officials of Tata Motors have confirmed that the car will go on sale as early as August 2012.

Tata Air Car compressed air engineThe car being made entirely from fiberglass makes it very light and the tubular chassis is bonded (glued) rather than welded. The engine runs entirely on compressed air.

How much each refill cost? Well, according to Tata, refueling costs are only as much as the electricity consumed to run the compressor that usually is $2 (Rs.99). How far will it go on a full tank? The Mini CAT can cover around 300 kilometers on a full tank.

Does it takes 8 hours to refill like the electric cars? No, it takes around 3-4 hours at home or a few minutes at a suitably equipped service station.

Former F1 engineer Guy Negre and his outfit Motor Development International jointly developed this car with Tata and considering it was displayed as a concept back in 2008, it took its own sweet time to be market ready.

When the car comes out, it’s expected to be priced at around $8000 (Rs. 3,93,000), which is two times the cost of a Tata Nano that runs approximately 36km for 99 rupees of fuel, giving it a woefully inefficient image, despite being among the world’s most fuel efficient small cars!

[Source - TheMotorReport.com.au]

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  1. Mj November 8, 2012 at - Reply

    We want more details about this air motor
    Becouse we could be your agent in the middle east
    Becouse we want to solve the problem of pollution

  2. Bhushan Patil October 13, 2012 at - Reply

    This concept is need to keep enviorment balance. I wish to get this concept more popular all over the world……
    One more time TATA has shown courage some differntly.

  3. Manish March 1, 2012 at - Reply

    I was following info on this concept 4years back. My friends laughed when i told them about a car that runs on air. But i never left hope.

    I hope this concept soon becomes environment-friendly production car. All the best TATA.

  4. sandy February 29, 2012 at - Reply

    Speechless! Its going to be on sale on August this year! 300 km per tank full and cost nearly 4 lakhs. Those information is enough to make the car buyers crazy and enough to make oil company to search for alternate source of income. But, I’m in doubt about this product. First thing is its looks :(. Secondly what could be the seating capacity and pulling power? And finally, did they test this car or its left to the customer to test and see whether it burns like Nano or not. Else at the better part, we are beginning to feel happy.

  5. Timmy George February 29, 2012 at - Reply

    Sure it will be much cheaper than an ev and infrastructure wont take much capital…way to go TATA..all the best…

  6. arul February 29, 2012 at - Reply

    This product will be a hit in tier II cities

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