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Swatch mulling oxy-hydrogen car

2012-03-25 15:58

Geneva - The world's biggest watch company Swatch is looking at building a car that runs on hydrogen and oxygen, its chief executive and chair Nick Hayek said in an interview published on Sunday.

"We already have a test-car with a fuel cell," Hayek told newspaper NZZ am Sonntag.

"Liquid hydrogen and oxygen are used as fuel, producing very efficient combustion," he said, adding that the management board of Belenos - the Swatch subsidiary building the vehicle - has already driven around on the prototype.

"What we don't know is whether it would be cost-efficient to build," said Hayek, the son of Swatch's founder.

The fuel-cell vehicle is not Swatch's first attempt at building a green car. In 1997, it teamed up with Daimler-Benz to build the two-seater Smart but the watch firm later sold its shares to Daimler-Benz.

Comments
  • Peter - 2012-03-25 16:18

    Exciting if they could pull it off, imagine how peaceful and clean the planet would be if our dependance on oil became insignificant. Then again, I'm sure we'd find other reasons to kill each other and generally do our best to mess the planet up. Weird nunu's, humans.

      Kgotso Nzeng Maphalla - 2012-03-25 19:26

      it would be nice going green for once and food prices will go down and life can finally be affordable

  • Skia - 2012-03-25 22:30

    um ... http://automobiles.honda.com/fcx-clarity/ it's already been reviewed on topgear

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