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University launches new hydrogen-powered car

The new generation of hydrogen-powered car runs up to 30 kilometers per hour by simply adding water, said its Taiwan-based creators yesterday.

Mingdao University introduced its fourth generation of hydrogen-powered vehicle, the MHV-4, as a “zero noise, zero pollution, lightweight model,” according to United Evening News.

The fourth generation model has a new appearance and a new power system, and utilizes a fuel cell battery-operated engine that can produce up to 5 kilowatts, according to Chang Chi-lung, director of the university’s energy center.

In the future, the Mingdao team plans to increase battery power so the cars can reach the speeds similar to those of gas-guzzling cars, said Chang.

“Hydrogen is the future trend in energy,” said the president of Mingdao University, located in the central county of Changhua.

According to the university, the biggest difference between the latest model and previous models is the addition of a computerized information system that allows the driver not only to know the vehicle’s current conditions but also to record them.

Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOFA) statistics show that the national demand of petroleum between January and October 2006 was over 35 million kiloliters, and 95 percent of this was imported.

State-run Chinese Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Taiwan Power Company (Taipower), are currently developing hydrogen energy technology.

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