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How It Works

The two main innovations in the Hy-wire are the hydrogen fuel cells and the drive-by-wire functionality. The hydrogen fuel cells operate like batteries via a chemical reaction. The difference is that unlike batteries, they never run out or require recharging as long as they have a constant supply of hydrogen fuel plus regular air for oxygen. The output from these fuel cells is energy in the form of electricity and heat, plus water. Because each fuel cell produces only about 0.7 volts of electricity, they are stacked together by combining 150 to 200 cells in order to produce enough energy to power the vehicle.

The benefits of this type of energy source are primarily sustainable mobility. Sustainable mobility means that this form of energy source is readily available and not subject to the limited lifespan of world petroleum reserves. The fuel cells, together with the hydrogen storage system, controls, and heat exchangers, are all embedded within the Hy-wire chassis. Also inside the chassis are electric motors at all four wheels. Because this is an electrical system rather than an internalcombustion engine, items such as the engine, transmission, drivetrain, axles, and exhaust are all a thing of the past.


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