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FORD MODEL T - Electric cars were more popular as a mode of transport, until the electric starter motor made it easy to operate petrol and diesel engines, powered by fossil fuels. Then Ford came along with the Model T, making cars affordable. Well done to Henry. Today the challenge is to make automotive transport clean, in a sustainable world, for a healthier future.







There is no limit to the design of vehicles that are entered into the Jules Verne Hydrogen Trophy series of events to demonstrate the world's most economical hydrogen fuel cell automobile in the world. 


It is Open Class.


You can field an existing vehicle, covert a battery electric, or custom build a kit car. It is up to you, so long as the vehicle is road legal in the country you intend setting a record.


More than likely, the cost of producing your entry will play a part, as will physics and logistics.


The challenge is not only to cover more miles per $dollar (kilometer per €euro) but also the cost of purchase and operating/servicing costs over at least 12 months.


Hence, the trophy will be awarded in stages. 


Stage 1. A first award being for distance in relation to the cost of the vehicle and the fuel used.


Stage 2. A second award will follow for operational cost in relation to distance covered over a period of 12 months.


Stage 3. A third stage award will follow taking into account operational and servicing costs over a period of 60 months.






Competition vehicles like this show what can be achieved, but cannot do the shopping run, or pick the kids up from school. The Duke University car holds a world record @ 14,574 mpg equivalent. Set at Benson, North Carolina, USA in 2018.





BMW proposed methanol fuel cell conversion



BMW i3 - There are many production EVs that could enter this JVH2 without modification, such as the Toyota Marai. Alternatively, the BMW i3 seen above, could be converted to run on methanol and fuel cells. Methanol could use the pumps at existing service stations, solving the infrastructure crisis for electric vehicles. In 2014 BMW thought about producing a hydrogen fuel cell version of the i3, with Toyota as a development partner.





The one rule that competitors must work to, is using hydrogen and fuel cells to power their entry. This can be compressed gas, liquid hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, or peroxide. So long as the fuel used is derived from hydrogen or a hydrogen compound. Preferably, green hydrogen, produced from a renewable energy source.


You cannot use the fuel to power an internal combustion engine in this category.


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