The Hush Post | 14:57 | 4-minute read
Ever increasing fuel prices are pinching people across the globe in general and Indians in particular. This invention comes as a big revolution. The students of IIT Roorkee have designed a car that will run on water and aluminium, a report said.
Once fully developed, this car would not need petrol, diesel or electricity to run. All it will need is a litre of water to run 300 kms.
Whenever its ‘tank’ shows a red signal, all one need to do is recharge the car with an aluminum plate.
This magic has been accomplished by IIT Roorkee students.
About two years ago some students of IIT-Roorkee had founded a start-up Log9 Materials. IIT-Roorkee had incubated it. They are developing some interesting technologies since then.
Now, Log9 Materials team has created a unique electric car, which actually doesn’t need an electric charge to run.
It needs water and a new form of an aluminium plate for recharging.
Auto-experts say that this will change everything about locomotives in India and can beat fuel woes
Log9 Materials founder CEO Akshay Singhal, said: “The car prototype is ready and we are already in talks with some automobile companies.”
The start-up founders say that a single ‘charge’ will be enough to run for 1,000 kms.
Every 300 kms, the engine will need one litre of water.
After 1,000 kms, the engine will need a recharge. That can be done by replacing the aluminium plate, that presently costs Rs 5,000. It will take only 15 minutes to replace the plate, the report said.
Once this new technology is adapted commercially, then the cost of the aluminium plate can be brought down drastically.
Nonetheless, if we calculate the average cost of petrol needed to run 1,000 kms, the cost will be around Rs 5,000.
Hence, if such a car is produced and sold commercially, it can permanently solve the woes of high cost of petrol and diesel.
The main principle behind this water and aluminium plate-based car is fuel cell technology.
Using an electro-chemical reaction, the aluminium plate reacts with graphine rod (a form of carbon) to generate electric power, which runs the car.
When the power is low, simply load more water, and 1,000 kms, change the plate.
An automotive expert Tutu Dhawan who is part of the Board of Advisors for Delhi Government to reduce pollution has lauded this idea. He said if handled properly, this can be the future of locomotives in India.
More tests are being conducted right now, and the founders are trying to solve their biggest problem right now. The biggest problem is how to mass-manufacture those aluminium plates, to bring down the cost. And, also how to make this plate available on the roads, just like petrol or electric charge, the report said.