[permaculture] Air Car One Step Closer

Jeffrey Newman jn at jnweb.com
Wed Jul 2 17:32:42 EDT 2003

    An  update on a recent discussion.  -  Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Newman

    JN Web Design


    production license for MDI's compressed-air vehicles has recently
    been signed in Nice, for markets in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and
    Panama. The signatory, MDI Andina S.A is a group of business
    entities from the Columbian private and public sector.
    After a thorough examination of the technical and financial aspects
    of MDI's business, the new associates travelled to Spain to meet
    MDI's existing licensees. Representatives of MDI Andina S.A. met
    official representatives of MDI management in Barcelona to negotiate
    the contract, then travelled to France to sign the agreement.

    With this additional sale there are now 50 fabrication and
    distribution licenses signed in the world, from a total of 400
    available. Some of the countries that have signed agreeme ts include
    France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, New Zealand, Israel, South
    Africa, etc. As fees for production rights are the only source of
    financing for the inventor, Mr. Guy Nègre, this new contract, worth
    almost 10 million Euros, is another major step in bringing MDI's
    Zero Pollution car closer to production.


    The question we are most frequently asked online at
    www.TheAirCar.com, is "When will your car be on the street?".
    Although a number dates have been released to the media in the past,
    the programme required some more time to complete. Developing and
    productionising automobiles is at best a complex, expensive and time
    consuming exercise. Guy Negre and his team of dedicated engineers
    have effectively "reinvented the wheel" wi hin the last 5 years and
    with the development and introduction of all of this ground breaking
    and "new" technology, some delays were inevitable.

    Starting factory production of cars that are based on a major
    technological advance is not easy, and has been made still harder by
    lack of external financing. So far, the institutions MDI has
    presented this project to were unprepared to invest in the initial
    phase of development, while showing great interest in doing so once
    a car was on the road. Delay in developing this technology has
    resulted largely from lack of public investment, which has compelled
    MDI to turn to private investors.

    Despite this, the project has made considerable commercial and
    technological progress. The technology has been shown in London,
    with the support of the Department of the Environment, and in Sao
    Paulo, to an audience of over 600.

    Negotiations are now taking place with investors from all five

    The first production plant in France is now complete and Guy Nègre's
    latest model, the MultiCAT's, applies the technology in a new
    direction: commercial and public service vehicles for public and
    freight transportation.


    The MiniCAT's prototype is featured in the latest edition of the
    'Salon Mondial de l'Automobile Paris 2002'. This model is as
    ecologically sound as its predecessors and has equally low fuel
    consumption; one tank of air is enough for 200 km, at a cost of only
    2 Euro. Like its "sister" vehicles, the MiniCAT's emits only clean
    air at a temperature of -20ºC. A main innovation is that with 2.65
    meters in length, and with a three seat configuration (the driver is
    in the center) the boot is as capacious as a conventional family saloon.

    Guy Nègre has also designed a dual-energy vehicle for longer
    distances, which works on compressed-air in the city, and air/petrol
    on motorways. This vehicle (the RoadCAT's) can travel more than 2000
    km on 100 m3 of air and 50 litres of petrol, so can be sed for long
    journeys and is not an exclusively urban vehicle. Other applications
    of the technology include power generation, compressing air as a
    means of storing energy, and powering boats.

    MDI also presented the MultiCAT's concept of a zero pollution urban
    transportation system which incorporates several important economic
    advantages. Consisting of a Driver module and up to 4 transport
    modules, (as in a train with tyres) it has been developed with a
    view to transporting up to 135 people at a cost of only 2.5 Euros
    for each 100 km per module, which could allow local and/or national
    governments to offer practically free urban transport to its
    citizens. At the moment the sale of the first license to manufacture
    the MultiCAT's for the Spanish and Portuguese market is in an
    advanced stage of negotiation with a group of investors consisting
    of the MDI license holders for Spain and other companies involved in
    the transport and energy sectors of those countries.

    The signing of the new license for the Andean Pact, in Nice:
    Presentations of the car in Barcelona, Sao Paulo and London:
    The new production plant:
    The MiniCAT`s at the Paris auto show 2002:
    MDI technology:
    The MultiCAT's: a new urban concept for transportation:
    Other applications and fill-up systems:

    www.motordeaire.com (Español)
    www.theaircar.com (English)
    www.motormdi.com (Portugués)

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