The city of Carmel, Ind., has vehicles for plowing snow, salting streets, and carrying landscaping equipment. But a single cherry-red pickup can do anything no other automobile can: produce its individual hydrogen.
A 45-kilogram metallic box sits in the bed of the perform truck. When a driver begins the motor, the product instantly begins concocting the colorless, odorless gasoline, which feeds into the engine’s consumption manifold. This helps prevent the truck from guzzling gasoline until eventually the hydrogen supply runs out. The pickup has no fuel cell module, a common component in most hydrogen automobiles. No substantial-pressure storage tanks or refueling pumps are needed, either.