Air Cars for India in 2009

According to the online publication Composite Week, some 6000 air-powered cars will be hitting the streets in India by August 2009.

The Air Cars, using technology developed by Luxembourg-based MDI Enterprises and ex-Formula One engineer Guy NËgre, are being built by Tata Motors which is also building the Nano, the least expensive production car on the planet.

The Air Car being built by Tata will be the MiniCAT. The three-seater operates on compressed air stored in high-pressure, carbon-composite tanks. MiniCAT is about 8.5 feet long, about the length of a smart car.

Composite Week offers additional details:

Success of the MiniCAT Air Car in India may lead to global commercialization of the technology by budding industrialists yearning to get into the car business. MDI doesn’t want to manufacture the cars themselves, just licence the technology to others.

Composite Week is a publication of Lucintel, a business consulting and market research company.