Unbelievable as it sounds, but, these students of an engineering college in Rajkot, Gujarat, have built a prototype car which instead of running on petrol or diesel, runs on air. They began building this car about a year ago using parts of old cars to make a minimal cost vehicle as their final-year engineering project. In addition to the they take great pride in the fact that their prototype is fitted with an air tank instead of a fuel tank.
One of the four developers, Kishan Pansurya, said though the car can travel little distances, it can still be used in small campuses. “Through our research, we have proven that if we fill air (in the tank) 12 times, the car can cover one – two kilometers (0.62 – 1.24 miles), and if we fill 15 times, it can travel up to three kilometers (about 1.86 miles). Such cars can be used in small campuses and colleges. It is pollution-free, eco-friendly and runs on air,” he told The Times Of India.
Kalpesh Kotdia, another developer, said the prototype can be made better with certain improvements. “We have used a 110cc bike engine. Only one person can travel in the car. Talking about speed, it can travel at up to 20 km per hour. If we make some more modifications, we can increase its capacity and make it capable of travelling long distances,” he said.
The students were constantly assisted by the teaching staff as well as the principal, who are excited about the talented innovators and their unique creation.