Frequently asked question
What is the basic principle of the vehicle ?
What is its autonomy ?
In the case of the next AirPod, a tank offers about 120 km of autonomy in compressed air motor only, depending on the load and the driving mode.
If we use the mode 2 engine system, we add a small burner, ideally consuming a bio-fuel, which heats the air: this causes the air to expand and multiplies by 3 the autonomy, i.e. 360 km. The cost price is around 2 € per 100 km.
The AirPod uses standard tanks, but the housing containing the tanks will enable a further increase in tank volume thus increasing the vehicle autonomy by a further 20%.
What is the longevity of the tank ?
It is a major ecological and economic asset.
Can the tank explode ?
The tanks are designed to withstand an internal operating pressure of more than 250 bar. If the tank were to release its compressed air suddenly, it would be like a tear without any major danger. The tanks are tested every five years to check their resistance to pressure. The resistance is tested at more than 350 bars. If the tank does not pass the resistance test it is changed.
How can one recharge the tank ?
The most obvious for now: you plug your vehicle into any electrical outlet. The engine reverses and recharges your tank with air. It takes several hours, depending on the residual energy still contained in your tank. You can thus recharge your vehicle from your garage, your cellar, a plug for an electric vehicle in the street, any network in 220 volts.
The other method that will come later is charging from a very high-pressure air station. In 2 to 3 minutes, the job is done and you leave with full recompression for about 120 km.
Is this vehicle approved for driving in Europe ?
Yes and for a simple reason: the criteria for the approval of compressed air vehicles for Europe were written by two authors: the European Commission and MDI.
Can the AirPod 2.0 be driven without a license ?
It can be driven with or without a license. AirPod 2.0 is nor a car but a quadricycle which allows the driver without a driving license, he must respect the 45 km/h limit and that the vehicle will be restricted to. The minimum age permitted to drive this vehicle range between 15 and 17 years old depending on the country.
What is the storage capacity ?
The trunk of the standard AirPod contains about 400 liters.
How fast can the vehicle go ?
The Airpod reaches 80 Km/h.