Egyptian university students design car that runs on compressed oxygen

Reuters , Thursday 9 Aug 2018

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Mahmoud Yasser, mechanical engineering student from Helwan University, drives the air-powered vehicle which he helped design to promote clean energy and battle increasing gas prices, in Cairo, Egypt August 7, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)

A group of Egyptian students has designed a vehicle they say will battle rising energy prices and promote clean energy by running on nothing but air.

The undergraduate students, who built the vehicle as part of their graduation project from Helwan University just outside Cairo, are rolling out a prototype one-person vehicle that runs on compressed oxygen.

mechanical engineering student from Helwan

The go-kart-like vehicle comes as Egypt pushes ahead with painful economic reforms that include deep cuts to energy subsidies.

The students say their vehicle can hit 40 kilometers an hour and last 30 kilometers before needing to be refueled, and it only costs about EGP 18,000 ($1,008.40) to build.

“The operational cost of the vehicle... will be almost nothing. You are basically using compressed air. You are not paying for fuel and also you do not need cooling,” said Mahmoud Yasser, a student who helped design it.

The team is now looking to raise funding to expand the project and mass produce the vehicles. They believe they can eventually get the vehicles to top 100 kilometers an hour and run for 100 kilometers before needing to come up for air.

mechanical engineering student from Helwan


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