How do hydrogen car kits work?
Using a hydrogen car kit is predominantly used by those trying to increase their fuel economy. Many who use them swear by them, stating how it improves their MPG.
Oxyhydrogen (HHO) generators should work by taking power from your car’s battery or alternator and running a current through electrodes into water mixed with an electrolyte. This results in the water molecules splitting into hydrogen and oxygen, making oxyhydrogen gas. The gas then gets inserted into the engine from the intake. The gas should react to a point that an internal combustion engine can run on it.
It should reportedly protect the engine by lowering the temperature needed for combustion. Combustion is the process of creating heat that then becomes the kinetic energy to move the mechanical parts of the engine. Simply put, easy combustion means more kinetic energy with less fuel used.
Do hydrogen car kits actually work?
You will never find that using a hydrogen car kit works the way intended. Claims of increasing MPG by as much as 35% are invalid. Additionally, since these are attachments made to diesel engines you don’t get the benefit of using hydrogen to reduce the emission of carbon.
Important factors with a hydrogen car mod
Many places may suggest using a hydrogen conversion kit in the UK to improve your MPG. This claim simply isn’t true.
What can be done however is replacing a diesel or petrol combustion engine with a hydrogen engine. This hydrogen car mod allows you to refuel on hydrogen and when you run out of hydrogen it will use up the remaining fuel, either diesel or petrol, in your tank. Replacing an engine in a car is a highly technical process, so again, proceed with caution and use a qualified expert to install your hydrogen engine.
The two types of hydrogen engine car mods
There are two effective types of hydrogen engine car mods. This excludes the use of an HHO which is ineffective at its goal.
Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine
This is the cheaper option between the two and mimics the process that a regular ICE diesel or petrol to work
Hydrogen fuel cell engine
These work by using ions to create charges to power the car. The electrons come from the hydrogen molecules and create the electricity needed for the car to move. These engines are more expensive but last a long time.
How to refill a hydrogen car after conversion
One of the biggest benefits of having a hydrogen engine car is the refill. It’s as simple as filling up a diesel or petrol car. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many hydrogen pumps available as an EV charging stations.
Despite this, the process of filling up a hydrogen-engine car is remarkably fast and can get you on the road faster than an EV.
EV cars are still superior
This being said the best option for a green vehicle is still an electric car. That’s because producing pure hydrogen, which is used for cars with a hydrogen fuel cell of hydrogen car mod, is less energy efficient to produce. You can find other benefits of buying an electric car in this article.
With electric cars, once you have generated the fuel they need to run on then transport is easy. The fuel is already in the state needed for use. With hydrogen, you need to get hydrogen existing in the atmosphere, make it pure through a process called electrolysis and then cool it for transport. Each step wastes energy generated by fossil fuels, therefore reducing the environmental aspect of using hydrogen as fuel.
That being said, developments in the scientific community are constant and in 10 or 20 years hydrogen vehicles may be commonplace on our roads.
Both are still more sustainable options than buying a diesel car. However, if you still are considering buying a diesel car you should read our article on why you might want to purchase a diesel car in 2022.
If you are deciding to buy a new hydrogen car then you might want to get rid of your old car. Especially if you have a car in a non- or semi-functional condition then we can scrap any car.
Our scrapping service pays money for your scrapped vehicle fast. So, if you need money for a hydrogen car or any other vehicle our service is a quick and easy way to do that.
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