The MDI AIRPod:
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Click here to see Air France's video about the vehicle and trial.
From Air France:
The Airpod uses innovative technology: a compressed air engine which is totally clean, and generates no CO2 emissions. The ambiant air is compressed using an electric compressor. It is then stocked in a high-pressure tank located under the vehicle.If you're at CDG or AMS and see the AIRPod, let us know.
It takes 3 to 4 hours to fill up with compressed air, using a low pressure compressor, but could eventually do so in less than 3 minutes by using high-pressure compressor stations.
Two types of Airpod
Two types of Airpod will be tested at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol Airports:
. cargo vehicles which would transport minor equipment such as tool boxes, aircraft components and spare parts;
. people carriers, capable of carrying a driver and two passengers.
What exactly does this trial consist of?
4 vehicles will be tested for Air France Industries' maintenance activities and Air France's operations at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and 3 at KLM E&M at Amsterdam Schiphol.
For each AirPod, an appointed «test pilot» will carry out a series of tests in order to assess the vehicle's overall performance, and in particular the aspects concerning safety, ergonomy, reliability and autonomy.
MDI will be fully responsible for this feasibility study, which will reveal whether the Airpod meets the expectations of Air France Industries and KLM E&M.