Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Car of the future?

Taiwan's first hydrogen powered car to make a roadtest was unveiled today.

Looking a bit like a golf buggy, the canary yellow vehicle is powered by hydrogen gas which has been extracted from water using a solar panel powered process.

The vehicle was produced by students at Mingdao University in Changhua county. But its still a working prototype. It can only generate about 5kw of power; and runs for 30-40 kms before it needs refuelling.

As oil prices rise, more people are looking at energy and transport alternatives. GM recently announced a new electric car - powered by a battery; while BMW also announced a luxury hydrogen-drive car.

Still likely to be many years before the majority will be using green technologies though.

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