“This is not a dream story anymore.”
So goes the proclamation from the new English version of the website for Genepax, an Osaka-based electricity generation company in Japan. Genepax has produced a small car – it looks like a Smart car – that runs solely on water. You pore the litre or more of water in and the car can run at 80 km/hour for about an hour. You can watch it driven in this Reuters video posted on Engadget.
The question now is, how long will this last? It seems too good to be true. It certainly works. But there must be problems in there somewhere. There’s probably a battery that runs the electrolysis process which pulls electrons out of the hydrogren once it’s been separated from water. But
Genepax says the whole process produces no carbon emissions and it uses no fossil fuels.
That’s exactly what the world needs. But will someone shut them down? We should stay on top of the Genepax story and see what happens. Look them up again in a month (by then they should have a full English website up, too, if things go as it seems they’re supposed to at this point).
Almost at the same time, Honda has unveiled their new fuel-cell car. Built on a new assembly line in Togichi, production on this car – the FCX Clarity – began on Monday, June 16, 2008. You will be able to buy one in the U.S. starting in July, 2008. This fuel-cell car also produces no carbon emissions and uses no fossil fuels.
Wow. We’ve gone from oil and gas price nightmare to having a choice between two fossil-fuel free cars in the same week? This confirms what I’ve been suspecting over the last week, too: there are dozens of designs just waiting to be unleashed once it looks as though no more money can be made in the gasoline market. Just when oil’s selling finally again at the price it should be, these auto-makers will finally unleash their gas-free models. It makes good business sense, after all.
So keep on top of Genepax and the FCX Clarity. Let’s see if we’ve got the real deal here or if there are snags and catches. Genepax’s car for sure looks like it will be too expensive for a while. And it doesn’t have a mass-manufacturer yet. Honda’s system is ready to go – if you live in Southern California, where they will begin selling it. Check it out here.Related Posts
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