‘Viability test of compressed air engine completed’

May 7th, 2012 - 10:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, May 7 (IANS) Automobile major Tata Motors Monday said that it has completed the viability test of its compressed air engine vehicle and will now focus on industrialising the product.

“The first phase of this programme - proof of the technical concept in Tata Motors vehicles - has now been successfully completed with the compressed air engine concept having been demonstrated in two Tata Motors vehicles,” the company said in a statement.

The development assumes significance as no working prototype of the compressed air engine has been developed so far. The compressed air engine uses the force of expanding compressed air to power the pistons inside an engine or is used in other non-conventional ways in hybrid and electric cars.

The company had partnered with Motor Development International of Luxembourg in January 2007 to produce and sell compressed air cars using MDI technology in India.

The agreement is to be completed in two phases encompassing technology transfer and proof of the technical concept in the first phase, and completing detailed development of the compressed air engine into specific vehicle and stationary applications in the second phase.

“In the second phase of the development, the two companies are working together to complete detailed development of the technology and required technical processes to industrialise a market ready product application over the coming years.”

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