Air France Trials Futuristic-Looking Carbon-Free Vehicle

This is serious, but the carbon-free AIRPod vehicle will certainly get some looks at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol airports, where Air France is trialling it.


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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. Theambiant air is compressed using an electric compressor. It is thenstocked in a high-pressure tank located under the vehicle.

It takes 3 to 4 hours to fill up with compressed air, using a lowpressure compressor, but could eventually do so in less than 3 minutesby 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?

4vehicles will be tested for Air France Industries’ maintenanceactivities and Air France’s operations at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and 3at KLM E&M at Amsterdam Schiphol.

For each AirPod, an appointed «test pilot» will carry out a seriesof tests in order to assess the vehicle’s overall performance, and inparticular the aspects concerning safety, ergonomy, reliability andautonomy.

MDI will be fully responsible for this feasibility study, which willreveal whether the Airpod meets the expectations of Air FranceIndustries and KLM E&M.

If you’re at CDG or AMS and see the AIRPod, let us know.

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2 Responses to Air France Trials Futuristic-Looking Carbon-Free Vehicle

  1. Kr4is Ringwood 16 July, 2009 at 3:04 am #

    Right Chaps,
    it doesn’t run on Hydro”carbons”, but what is it made of,and what is it’s manufacturing footprint? How much fuel was expended getting to the workplace by the workforce? How many Methane emission events occured of which 17% will reduce to CO2! Etc, Etc!
    I wonder if anyone is aware that Methane which is 20times more potent as a greenhouse gas than CO2 has increased in Atmospheric quantities in proportion to the postulated Human population increase since 1750: i.e 700%. That’s where your anthropogenic “carbon” and temperature increases have come from! So everybody, cease farting forthwith! Save the Planet – WE ARE the planet aren’t we!?!

  2. Ted Costopoulos 22 May, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    What tha ???????

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