Great news to start off the week. According to The Age the MDI air powered car is destined to be manufactured in Melbourne. While details are limited at this stage the press release certainly indicates a major investment in Australia by IT MDI – Energy. You certainly can’t criticise them for thinking too small.
At a week long series of presentations in Melbourne the Australian IT MDI – Energy Team successfully showcased the revolutionary MDI air engine and the IT MDI technology portfolio, products, and manufacturing process.
The highlight of these events was a preview of the 100% Solar & Sustainable IT MDI – Energy Initiative. This is a 5-year, AU$1.5 billion implementation programme that aims to usher a smooth transition to 100% solar based and fully sustainable infrastructures for power generation, transport and communications for the whole of Australia.
Dr Arnoux, Managing Director of IT MDI – Energy, had the following to say:
This Initiative is entirely demand driven and based on competitively priced consumer products and services. We are used to think of ‘green’ being more expensive and cumbersome. With the IT MDI Technology, ‘green’ cost less, is easy and fun. This makes a rapid transition to 100% sustainable and enhanced lifestyles possible.
Over 10 years we aim to reduce car emissions in Australia by 20% and emissions from power generation by 80%.
With the technology portfolio IT MDI – Energy is obviously planning to introduce a holistic solution that goes far beyond the manufacture and sale of their air powered cars. The press release doesn’t expand on the introduction of the cars. The following from the IT MDI – Energy web site provides further insight:
The first demonstration MDI car is scheduled to arrive in Australia in early 2008. Models running on about 2 litres of fuel per 100/km and compliant with stringent Australasian and European safety and performance standards are being prepared for release. In later models, consumption is planned to decline to 1 litre of petrol equivalent per 100 km, or less, through direct and indirect solar energy harvesting.
Update (08 Mar 08): See Air Car confusion
Source: IT MDI – Energy via The Age
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