Cretan students made the car of the future

The first electric car charged by a uHydrogen Fuel cells Stack was made by students and teachers of the 6th Vocational School of Heraklion.

It was presented in ExpoCreta at the International Exhibition Center of Crete in Gournes, Heraklion.

The project took a whole year to be made, while there was a financial support by the Municipality of Heraklion.

The car of the future is a Smart for Two, which does not consume fuel (petrol or diesel) that pollute the environment.

Instead of the conventional tank, the car has an electric socket for charging.

The innovation consists at the fuel cell unit, constructed by students and teachers, which charges the electric car.

This unit gives full autonomy for the car to run multiple distances than the ones indicated from the factory.

This unit is a complete system of Electronic and Electromechanical control of all security systems, as well as an integrated navigation system which can communicate with local and remote mobile devices, transferring data and operational data via internet.

The fuel used is hydrogen, which is stored in two bottled metal hydridesThe electrical charge of the car is achieved through the fuel cell and a modified Inverter DC/AC.

Factory features:
– Electric Power: 35–55 kWatt,
– Torque: 130 Nm
– Max RPM: 12.000 RPM.
– Consumption: 15 kWh/100 km
– Max Speed: 125 km/h
– Acceleration: 0 – 60 km/h in 5 secs, 0 -100 km/h in 12 secs
– Fuel autonomy: 450 km
– Power Inverter: 5 kW/230 V A.C.
– Power Fuel Cell Unit: H2 5 kW/72 V D.C.
– Two botttled metal hybrides for hydrogen storage, 2×3 m3.

Hydrogen used is producted after an electrolysis of water (H2O) through Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and specifically from photovoltaic panels.

Thus the system is environmentally friendly without polluting the environment.