The AirPod

Could this be the mobility option for the future? A small vehicle that drives on air: The AirPod.
Despite its problems it is an exciting and innovative concept, which is why I decided to post this article.

The french company MDI (Motor Development International) has developed a concept of a car that drives on compressed air. It’s a result of the company’s studies on pollution and urban mobility.

According to MDI this concept could be the future of urban mobility due to its environmental friendliness, small prize and size and innovative design. There are different designs apart from the AirPod: The One FlowAir, Mini FlowAir, City FlowAir and Multi FlowAir.

Here are some specifications for the AirPod*:

  • Turning radius: 1.9 m
  • Tare weight: 220 kg
  • Power: 4 kW
  • Recharging time: 1.5 min (at compressor station)
  • Stock pressure: 350 bar
  • Tank capacity:  175 l
  • Maximum speed: 80 km/h
  • Maximum range: ca. 100 km
  • Energy consumption: 7 kWh / 100 km

*The specifications are taken from the official website

The concept has not yet made its way to commercial production and there are several points of criticism, i.e. not all the specifications above have been verified.

For more information check out the company’s website.

The AirPod in action

AirPod interior