Students from Hacienda Heights, California have built a vehicle with a hydrogen internal combustion engine (HICE) using a four-stroke engine from Honda. The three-wheeled vehicle runs entirely on hydrogen and uses absolutely no gasoline.
After a successful test drive, the car is now ready for a public showing. "The bugs have been fixed, but there were a couple of safety issues we have to consider before we run the car up at our open house," said project manager and student John Weng.
The students are part of the Los Altos Academy of Engineering--a joint effort between Hacienda La Puente Unified School District and La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program. The program exposes high school students to real-life experiences with engineering and technology. Which is why this isn't the first feat of engineering we've seen from the group.
Their Solar Shadow raced across Australia in the World Solar Challenge and their Infusion--a hydrogen fuel cell car--took first place in the Shell Eco-marathon. They've even built a human-powered airplane!
According to Mr. Weng, "Mike Keirns was the instructor who started the idea back in the 2007-2008 school year. From there, it became our flagship vehicle. We originally planned on competing in the Shell Eco-marathon and we were actually the first high school to create a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as well back in 2007, winning first place. We intend to enter HICE next year for the Shell Eco-marathon. HICE is different from your published vehicle in that it does not require any gasoline whatsoever and runs on a student modified engine."
The open house is on May 8th where vehicles like the Solar Shadow and the Infusion will appear alongside the HICE.