This sounds too good to be true, but Reuters is reporting:
Tired of petrol prices rising daily at the pump? A Japanese company has invented an electric-powered, and environmentally friendly, car that it says runs solely on water.
Genepax unveiled the car in the western city of Osaka on Thursday, saying that a liter (2.1 pints) of any kind of water – rain, river or sea – was all you needed to get the engine going for about an hour at a speed of 80 km (50 miles).
“The car will continue to run as long as you have a bottle of water to top up from time to time,” Genepax CEO Kiyoshi Hirasawa told local broadcaster TV Tokyo.
“It does not require you to build up an infrastructure to recharge your batteries, which is usually the case for most electric cars,” he added.
Genepax said it had just applied for a patent and is hoping to collaborate with Japanese auto manufacturers in the future.
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Update Feb 2009:
Genepax shut their doors.
In June last year, everyone may have heard the buzz about a Japanese water car.
Well, the naysayers must be happy now, that the company has closed its gates. I don’t know for sure this wasn’t a hoax, but with so many public appearances and demonstrations, I don’t see many possibilities that it was. More, so many discussion groups over the internet experiment water splitting devices, with no intention of selling them to anyone, but to make their life’s better and save their pockets’ contents.