Environmentally friendly air-powered vehicle – the Zephyr project

Environmentally friendly air-powered vehicle – the Zephyr project

Students from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków have created the Zephyr AGH project, an environmentally friendly and low-emission compressed air vehicle. It is an alternative means of transportation that has advantages over traditional internal combustion cars alone, with the only drawback being that it is not available for sale yet.


Members of two scientific circles from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków are implementing the Zephyr AGH project. Nova Energia and Ignis Nova Energia scientific circles, are engaged in alternative energy solutions. They combined their passion for constructing innovative devices and created a compressed air vehicle. It is powered by an air motor. Compressed air is used to move the vehicle. The developed technology is environmentally neutral, emission-free and green.

The Zephyr AGH project has been named a Strategic Project for 2021, and our company, which manufactures and distributes pneumatic equipment, is co-financing this forward-looking project. The construction team wants to make a prototype that meets the standards and requirements of the International AVENTICS Pneumobile Competition. It is being organized by Aventics Hungary Kft. This is a unique opportunity to take part in this prestigious international competition in the future and confirm the high level of Poland’s technical universities.

Advantages of pneumatic vehicles

Pneumatic vehicles offer many benefits for sustainable transportation. They are greener than traditional internal combustion vehicles, because they do not emit harmful substances into the atmosphere. They do not produce exhaust fumes or carbon dioxide. This translates into cleaner air and less risk of climate change. They are also quieter and less noisy. In the process, they improve the quality of life for city residents.

Pneumatic vehicles can also be more economical in the long run. They have less complex drive systems and require less maintenance and repair costs. Pneumatic technology is an interesting area in the competition for small electric cars. The most important factor is the absence of a battery – a component that is the most expensive, prone to degradation and problematic to dispose of. Air motors also do not need a clutch or transmission. The charging speed of the working medium (air) can be very high.

Safety is another aspect. In the event of an electric car fire, it can be difficult to extinguish the flames. Burning batteries, produce large amounts of oxygen. Therefore, pneumatic drives are often used in explosive or fire-prone areas. They have no sparks or potentially ignition-generating components.


Students from the AGH University of Science and Technology have created the Zephyr AGH project. It is an eco-friendly and low-emission compressed air vehicle – an alternative means of transportation. It has many advantages over traditional combustion cars. The project is carried out by members of two scientific circles: Nova Energia and Ignis. They want to take part in international air vehicle competitions. Pneumatic vehicles are greener, more economical and safer than electric or combustion cars. They are an attractive alternative for sustainable transportation.

CPP “PREMA” S.A. is a leader in the pneumatics industry. It offers a wide range of products and services for various sectors of the economy. It is involved in pneumatic innovation projects such as Zephyr AGH. It provides products and expertise from pneumatics specialists. As a result, the project can be implemented at the highest level and meet the expectations of organizers of pneumatic vehicle competitions.

It is worth remembering that if you have any questions about dedicated pneumatic solutions, CPP “PREMA” S.A. staff are available to help you select the right automation systems.