Kanak Gogoi test drives his two-seater car. Picture by Eastern Projections
Oct. 22: After Konso a solar-hybrid car that runs on solar energy, city-based innovator Kanak Gogoi has designed a two-seater powered by compressed air.
Giving a live demonstration of his latest innovation, Gogoi today said it took him two years to develop the first prototype model which can be taken up for commercial production after some more research.
It uses the energy generated by the expansion of compressed air to rotate the shaft in the engine. Most importantly it is cost effective and completely environment friendly, the auto-designer said.
Besides the solar-hybrid car, Gogoi had previously put together pieces of junk to build innovative contraptions like a turbine-powered aeroboat, a three-wheeled car, water cycle, an amphibian boat and a rumble-strip power generator.
Professor, department of design, IIT Guwahati, A.K. Das, said Gogoi today demonstrated the technology but for commercialisation of this technology further scientific research will be needed.
We are ready for further development of Gogois prototype to take it to the stage where commercial production will become viable but for that we will have to be funded by some organisation, Das said.
Several onlookers said Gogois air-propelled car had the potential to become a big hit particularly because of greenhouse gas emission and ever increasing global oil prices.
The homegrown tech-whiz said he had fitted the engine that runs purely on compressed air with a light two-seater car only for demonstration and further modifications will have to be done if the car has to be produced on a commercial scale.
The important point about the engine I have designed is that it is cost efficient. It costs around Rs 60 per 100km. In the absence of any combustion, the changing of oil (one litre of bio-edible oil) will be required every 10,000km, he said.
According to the businessman-turned-innovator, the car has a top speed of 90km per hour. As a viable alternative, the car carries a small compressor, which can be connected to the car mains (220 V) to refill the tank in about two-and-a-half hours.
Refilling of the tank will take just five minutes, Gogoi said.
The technology that the air car uses is not really new but unlike hybrids developed by big companies, the vehicle designed by me will be inexpensive and therefore will be much more affordable. To sum it up, this car will be most economically and ecologically ideal for Indian cities, he added.
The grassroots innovator is going to apply for a patent for his latest innovation.
The total weight of the cars prototype model is 210kg.
Gogoi said he had recently formed an NGO, Innovation Research Centre, with a view to inspire innovation among the people of the region.