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Osaka Student Team Creates Hydrogen-Powered Car From Scratch


Everyone started building battery-powered electric vehicles lately, but few are those who built cars whose power comes from hydrogen fuel cells. Such an example comes from a team of students at Osaka Sangyo University, who built a fuel cell-powered car from scratch, creating Japan’s first non-industrial team to ever accomplish this.

Actually, they haven’t been backed by anyone but themselves and the University’s research funds, only assembled the car in their own spare time and purchased readily-available parts from the market. “We have worked on this project even during school breaks, so I was thrilled when it moved,” said one of the team members.

Although the car can only output 7.5 kW, it can reach 80 km/h (50 mph), which is enough for city driving. Mainchi.jp says the car can also generate electricity while moving the vehicle.

The best part is that the vehicle is already street-legal and was appreciated by the former Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Masaharu Nakagawa at a public event in Tokyo on Friday 13, this month.


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