The NH3 Car – an alternative way to power our future
A prototype vehicle powered by
an ammonia fuel engine (AFE) is being built by a research team from Ohio
University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology.
Why an ammonia car? Where will the ammonia come from? Does it lessen our reliance on petroleum? Can we make enough to cover a big part of our transportation fuel needs?
An ammonia car has potentially high energy efficiency and could use ammonia from waste sources, so it is an important part of the future transportation picture.
When will the prototype be finished?
Projected completion of phase 1 by June 2007
What is its fuel economy? What is its range?
60 mpg_ge (based on 90 mpg for a hydrogen-based fuel cell car)
What is the advantage over other on board reformers that produce hydrogen?
Is it safe? Is the fuel dangerous? What happens in a wreck?
What would a fuel station look like?
What are the biggest technical challenges to overcome before this technology
could be on the market?