MDI CONCEPT

 

New concept -

 mini factories

at point of sale

ENGINEE
COMPRESSED AIR

Engine technology

The global economic organization is based on the supply of energy to meet the vital functions of all countries: defense, health care, transportation, etc... Many low-emission energy sources are operational (wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal,  marine and underwater) and others are being developed. But the major challenge of this third millennium remains energy storage. MDI technology is based on this energy storage and provides a very good return on its performance, through compressed air engines.

 

These high-tech engines will power reversible compressed ambient air in approved tanks (CNG standards - Natural Gas Vehicles now used in transport) of different capacities, at a pressure of 3597 psi, and also uses compressed air which, when releasing, will push the pistons and therefore provide a «work.» (Definition of “work”: Production of an effect by exertion of a force. Energy is needed to do work and work is measured in joules).

 

The air motor of today can replace all existing engines and cover any application. The work produced will be used to move the vehicle, provide light or recreate electricity for other uses: thermal generators, redistribution in conventional electrical grids, etc ... For his or her vehicle, an MDI client may either fill the tank at a high pressure air station to directly fill the reservoir in less than two minutes; or recharge itself using a single power outlet, at home or in town on electric charging networks of 16 or 32 amps in 7 hours or 3 ½ hours respectively.

 

The AirPod vehicle is designed on this principle with a range of 120 km to 150 km. This mono-energy technology, using only compressed air, is totally clean. To triple the autonomy of the AirPod 450 km on a tank of compressed air, we will use a dual energy system by adding about 2.25 liters of fuel, bio-ethanol or any other type of fuel; in a separate burner to heat the air outside the engine along the pipes of the tank outlet, and multiply by three the volume of compressed air available. (This system is referred to as a dual-energy engine)

 

5 seat vehicles such as the AirOne, have a 600 km autonomy with the dual energy system using only 3 liters of fuel and a full air tank. This system warms the air at 600 ° with almost zero amount of hazardous emissions of nitrogen oxides (NoX) and unburned hydrocarbons (HC). The MDI technology is developed to release the air and enables MDI engines to obtain real returns of over 68% between the tank and the engine output.
 

COMPOSITE MATERIALS
LIGHT & RESISTANT
Composite technology

For purposes of manufacturing and volume efficiency, the automotive industry is based on the use of heavy materials, such as steel or aluminum; as well as the assembly of many components which add up to eventually produce very heavy vehicles.

MDI’s strategy is different from that of the current major car manufacturers: It is based on an innovative production concept that permits the use of high-tech materials. MDI has chosen to build light vehicles, at least two times lighter with identical capacity, with so-called  «composite» materials previously reserved for high-end vehicles produced in small numbers; such as Ferrari, Lamborghini or McLaren. This composite material is a blend of several components that are not heterogenous (fiberglass, resin plant, polyurethane foam, immiscible, with a high binding capacity); and whose  combined properties will be optimized. The new material thus constituted, heterogeneous, has properties that the individual components do not have. This improves the quality of the material facing some use (lightness, stiffness, stress resistance to breakage and temperature ranges, resistance to tension and compression, shock absorption and vibration isolation sound, etc...) can be further optimized with the use of vegetable fibers such as flax fiber. These are additional advantages in the choice of these composite materials with integration of functions.

Once the 3D conception is designed by engineers, the frame is made into one piece. We use this material for it has many uses in and out of the vehicle. For example, in the frame of the AirPod, the pedal block will be inserted into the already pre-molded housing for this purpose. Other forms in the molding seats will serve as a conduit for electrical wiring. Another small recess cut into the structural form will accommodate the locking latch of the door.

This integration concept is applied to all components of the vehicle. The result is a much lighter, single structure with fewer materials used; resulting in amazing space saving, and a much more rigid and strong structure than the traditional assembly of several different parts and fasteners. The lighter body increases the energy efficiency of the vehicle and reduces its energy consumption.

The MDI vehicles manufactured are exceptional achievements using disruptive technology based on compressed air and composite materials.


COMPRESSED AIR TANKS

LIGHT & RESISTANT

Safe
The tank meets the existing standards UN ECE R110 for CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), which has been used for several years in public transit, including buses. The new tanks are composites of carbon fiber and resin, which are very resistant and without fragmentation accidents.

Lightweight and reliable
Designed for more than 20,000 cycles, which amounts to more than 50 years!
A filling test is to be carried out every 5 years.

Modular
Different sizes according to specific requirements, from a few liters to several hundred liters of compressed air at 248 bars.

 

 

RECHARGING OPTIONS

QUICK & EASY

All air stations can be recharged with renewable energy

CONCEPT PRODUCTION & STRATEGY
PRODUCTION AND SALES COMBINED ON MANUFACTURING SITE
 
A new industrial era

The use of composite materials, and our business development strategy, are profitable only because MDI has developed an innovative production concept. We could call it the «disruptive economy of scale», where the compressed air vehicles are produced in smaller units, in an approximately 50,000 ft 2 building for 5200 vehicles manufactured per year on an 8 hour shift

This concept greatly reduces the environmental impact associated with transport, storage and distribution. The vehicles will be manufactured at their place of sale employing a local workforce. 80% of the vehicles will be manufactured locally and the vehicle will be sold at the factory showroom. Customer orders can be processed and «customized» with a string of very short and quick decisions, with possible adaptations to the countries (climate-temperatures...), cultures and populations (colors, patterns...).

SALE ON PRODUCTION SITE

A turnkey plant


Our licensees can best manage their resources and customer deliveries according to sales. This new concept reduces manufacturing and distribution costs by avoiding expenses from high production, inventory and transport to distributors and dealers which is particularly expensive and causes much pollution. Our development strategy is to license our technology of compressed air engines and specific tools, and our plans for turnkey factories for manufacturers who wish to produce and sell small quantities of high-quality vehicles.

 

 

 

THE MDI PRODUCTION CONCEPT

 

The MDI business model is based around distributed, non-centralised manufacturing plants. This model demonstrates clearly the economic, social and environmental advantages of decentralised manufacturing . There are increasing recognised advantages to move away from centralisation towards locally manufactured products. AVL’s initial plant will be a showcase to other parties around the globe of an efficient, sustainable, environmentally sound business model.

 

MDI has imagined, created and developed an industrialisation concept to manufacture its products in a way that is coherent, ecological and economic.

“AN INNOVATIVE PRODUCTION METHODOLOGY…”

TO THINK GLOBALLY AND ACT LOCALLY

MANUFACTURE AT POINT OF SALE

By selling turn-key factories to manufacture and sell its cars locally, MDI offers for the first time the concept of Dealer/Manufacturer/Partner. Unlike the huge conventional assembly plants (particularly polluting), the MDI concept multiplies the number of locally producing micro-factories, scattered throughout the world. These local factories will manufacture up to 80% of the vehicle and sell the vehicles locally and directly out of the factory. In addition, this allows the more even distribution of overall factory energy requirements to be spread over a number of smaller factories, the elimination of delivery costs, distribution costs and downstream sales and storage costs as well as the creation of local jobs.


From One Central Factory


To mini factories at point of sale


Factories based at Point of Sale

The strong MDI production concept reduces the cost of manufacture by avoiding expenditure resulting from the logistics and parallel costs engendered by large volume production.

In the framework of the MDI production concept, suppliers of material and product for the manufacturing plants are chosen so as to reduce the costs, logistics and transport. All purchases are managed through the purchasing centre of MDI and thus all manufacturing plants and customers benefit from the price practices for mass production.

In a general way, by comparing the typical production system and the MDI concept (taking as a basis the same number of vehicles), the result is:

  • 1/3 of the land surface for the typical production system is necessary

  • 1/4 of the surface built of an conventional assembly plant

  • 1/5 of the investment

  • 30% more employees

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MDI MODEL

 

Each zone is defined so that the annual production of the plant is absorbed by its specific market. The parameters taken into account are the following:

  • The current market for the area (brand new and second hand)

  • The potential market for MDI (approximately 1%)

  • The GDP of the country

  • Number of people in urban areas

A separate body representing all the licencees, coordinates and manages the relationships between the different "dealers/ manufacturers/partner" of each country. The purchasing centre of MDI negotiates directly with suppliers for the orders of all plants, in order to benefit from volume effect.

 

As determined by the MDI population based distributed manufacturing model Air Volution anticipates that up to six geographically located factories will be required to produce the range of MDI transport vehicles within the Company’s licence area of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific regions.

The systems computer designs for machining will be provided from the MDI head plant. The Master moulds will come from MDI to make the chassis, doors, roofs, seats etc. The CNC machines will come from the HASS machine manufacturers. MDI will provide the programming and systems for operation and machining. The layout and plant set up will be MDI based. These may require minor alterations for AVL’s region and/or regulations. Initial training is provided by MDI.

 

 

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