Water Powered Cars: Miracle or Myth?

Published on March 2nd, 2009 | by

Can water replace fossil fuels in our cars?  Japanese company Genepax says it can, and claims to have done it.  The water powered car can run on any source of water, including salt water, rainwater, tea, or soda.  By using electrolysis, hydrogen is separated from the oxygen in water (H2O) and used to power the car.

According to Genepax:

The car can run for an hour at about 50 miles per hour on just a liter of water; about 2 cans of soda worth. As long as a bottle of water is on hand, that is how long the car will run…Unlike other electric cars, the Genepax car does not require that batteries be recharged and has no emission. The water electrical generator is located in the back of the car and when water is poured it is then broken down in order to create electricity to power the car.

Genepax Water Powered Car
Genepax Water Powered Car

However, the idea of water being a legitimate source of fuel is a topic of much controversy and debate. Professor Theodosios Korakianitis at Queen Mary University of London disputes Genepax’s claim of powering a car with just water, “Because water is not a fuel, it’s impossible to do that unless you bring energy from an external source to split the water.”  He believes that the next generation of cars will be fueled with a combination of second generation biofuels and hydrogen.

Despite scientific skepticism, water powered car enthusiasts believe they will become reality.  In fact, this is not new technology.  The first water powered car was invented in 1805 by Isaac de Rivaz (patented on January 30, 1807).  Even though his design may not have been successful, it demonstrates that hydrogen derived from water has been considered a fuel source for cars ever since the internal combustion engine was invented.

[Editor’s Note: Since we first researched this story, the text on the homepage of Genepax’s website has changed to inform visitors that the company has closed their website, stating: “We have yet to overcome the many obstacles we face in the current world, to bring our systems to market…Moreover, the costs of development have become very large. As our resources are very limited, we need to retrench and reassess our resources and our development plans at this time…   Personally, we are still trying to figure out how Genepax got Jason from Friday the 13th to drive the demo car in the above photo…]


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4 comments

  • Of course this had to be a hoax! The energy required to split the water into useable hydrogen and oxygen would be exactly equal to the energy produced by hydrogen combining with oxygen. But even that’s only in theory with zero energy leakage which doesn’t happen in the real world; meaning the energy to split the water is more than is delivered by burning the resulting hydrogen. The only way it could work is if there were some form of external factory making the hydrogen powered with clean energy. Even then, there are huge safety obstacles to be overcome handling hydrogen gas!

  • The West, with it’s admittedly poorer education quite possibly have glazed over any number of really great scientific achievements and some truly astonishing ideas have been bought out “For Military Purposes”, or by “Big Oil” to prevent lucrative market collapse. Remember the goals of rampaging capitalism are not moral ones, or scientific ones either! The nonsense in the U.S.A. is no rule to measure anybodies achievements by, as most Americans haven’t even graduated high school. In a world where China has more post graduate students with IQ’s of 130+ than America has high school students, the chances of anything remarkable coming from the U.S. are slim to none, and any opinions they express must be considered from whence they came before being taken for cash. Another good point to consi8der is that although China has more English speaking people than the U.S., the U.S. has few people who speak Chinese – Asia has epoched the Western world, many times over, and they must get used to it, good, bad, or otherwise! If the Japanese say they can run a car on water, they can, even if Yankee Doodle doesn’t like it !

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