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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.