For the first time in Nepal, a vehicle running on hydrogen fuel has been introduced. The Green Hydroine Lab of Kathmandu University (KU) has introduced a car powered by Hadron for the first time in Nepal . Head of KU's Green Hydrogen Lab Dr. Viraj Singh Thapa said that for the first time in Nepal, a hydrogen-powered car and a filling station were brought to Nepal.
The lab has prepared its own design for hydrogen cars and refilling stations. But since it is expensive to make a car with own design, if the car made by Hyundai is bought, then the filling station is built according to the design of the lab. A few years ago, Nepal Oil Corporation gave a grant of five million rupees to Green Hydrogen Lab to study hydrogen. Cars and refilling stations have been brought with that amount.
What are refilling stations and hydrogen cars?
In general, to run a vehicle with hydrogen, it is a technology to store hydrogen fuel, a refilling station. Refilling is necessary to put hydrogen in the car. After adding water to the refilling station and connecting the electricity, hydrogen fuel is produced. Then put oil in the car, just as hydrogen is put.
Thapa says that hydrogen cars with a range of 1,200 to 2,000 km are available in the world market, but the car brought by the KU lab has a range of 800 km. KU has brought a mid-range car with an affordable price range of 600 to 800 for testing.
Cars that run on hydrogen are called hydrogen cars. This car is also like other electric cars. But the battery has less capacity to store fuel. The weight of the battery is also reduced. Hydrogen is also a rotating motor like an electric vehicle. The electricity needed to rotate the motor is extracted from the battery while the electric car extracts it from hydrogen.
The electricity stored in the battery of an electric vehicle runs out quickly. Only a little can be stored on top of that. It also takes a long time to charge. But in a hydrogen vehicle, hydrogen can be refilled within 3 to 5 minutes. Once hydrogen is added, it can give a range from 800 to 1200 kg.