Hydrogen Hybrid RC Car
The latest generation of the H-racer, H-Racer 2.0, allows you to watch the process of electrolysis and the conversion of hydrogen into electrical energy— Both the car and the hydrogen refueling station have transparent casing and LED lighting to showcase the science. This design has garnered numerous awards, including: Time Magazine’s “Best Inventions”, Business Week IDEA, Metropolitan Home “Design 100”, ID magazine annual review, and Business 2.0 Bottom Line Design Awards.
- Accurately reflects how hydrogen cars and refueling stations work
- Includes solar panel able to power the production of hydrogen
- Infrared control helps guide the car once its tank is filled with fuel
- Comes with a full manual on CD, experiment guide
From Toy to Transport Solution:
Lessons from the H-racer
There are a few products in the Horizon catalogue which act as milestones. H-Racer is one such product.
The concept was simple enough: a hydrogen hybrid RC car that came with its own hydrogen refueling station. Add in the fact that users construct the car themselves and you have a powerful didactic tool. It didn’t take long for the H-Racer to become the world’s best-selling hydrogen car– albeit also one of the world’s smallest.
Then came the design awards – Time Magazine, BusinessWeek – and we realized we were on to something special. There is a market for well-made hydrogen hybrid vehicles, a big one. What could this mean for real-scale transport solutions?
Firstly, H-racer sells so well because it comes with its own hydrogen. From the users’ perspective all they need is some distilled/de-ionized water and they’re good to go. That makes H-racer a high-value purchase, as well as making storage nice and simple.
Secondly, while H-racer grabs the headline, for over a decade Horizon has been working on large fuel cell system deployment. The H-racer emphasizes the need to build step by step, keep thing small, simple and efficient. The less hydrogen required, the more the technology is in our control. For this reason, Horizon keeps its fuel cell development to below 5kW for inner-city transport and on-demand hydrogen storage systems.
The thinking behind H-racer is the same thinking that produced our Hydrofill series, desktop hydrogen production that simply needs water and a power supply to charge up Hydrostik and Hydrostik Pro metal hydride cartridges. Horizon believes that the future of energy is in localized, domestic production— homeowners choosing the solutions that best match their needs.
So yes, H-racer is a great RC car and awesome fun to build and drive. But it’s also an important precursor of a time soon to come when each one of us will control our own energy destinies.
What is included in the horizon energy curriculum? The lab equipment is just the beginning. We’ve built the horizon energy curriculum to provide teachers with multiple resources for engaging their students.
- Hands-on Lab Activities
- Student’s Guide
- Building a hydrogen powered car
- Generating hydrogen with a solar panel
- Moving the car forward and backward using an infrared control
- Understanding fuel cell technology