Welcome To The Future : An RC Car That Runs On Water
People have been talking about running cars on water for years, but it’s a slow march from science fiction to reality. Even on a small scale, development is difficult. But the i-H2GO is the second revision of an all-water remote controlled car that seems to actually work. The Corgi H2GO is a RC card powered by a fuel cell that gets refilled with hydrogen extracted from water. Like the previous model, the H-Racer, it uses solar-powered electrolysis to do it. Unlike the straight-line-only H-Racer, the H2GO is a real RC car that can actually turn left and right.
In 2008 Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies and Corgi International released the H2GO. And now they’re updating it. As with the previous model, you pour water into the refueling station and it is electrolyzed (split into hydrogen and oxygen) by power from a solar panel. The high energy hydrogen is directed into the car and converted to electricity to run it. On a cloudy day you can also use a USB charging cable to electrolyze the water.
The i-H2GO is controlled by an iOS app (an Android version is apparently on its way) instead of the radio-controller that came with the last model. There are on-screen controls in the app or a “Gyro Mode” that turns the whole phone into the steering wheel. The car, refueling station and charging panel come together for $180, $75 cheaper than the last model, and are scheduled to ship on August 15.