Corgi unveils new hydrogen RC car

Corgi has given the first public showing of its new hydrogen-powered RC car at Nuremberg.
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The H2GO uses zero emissions energy technology. Power is delivered by an on-board hydrogen fuel cell, where sun and water supply the fueling unit with renewable, clean energy.

The first of a new range of toys to be launched under the brand name H2GO, the futuristic car was designed by acclaimed designer Professor Luigi Colani. The car boasts an eye-catching aerodynamic design and is made using lightweight environmentally-friendly wheat-based plastics.

The car is the result of a unique strategic partnership between Corgi International and Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies. Going forward, both companies aim to develop and produce a range of new toys using hydrogen fuel cells.

Michael Cookson, CEO of Corgi International said: “Today marks a new chapter in the global toy market. The H2GO is not only a fascinating miniature-scale, real-working fuel cell powered RC toy that can be refuelled using plain water, but marks a change in how the toy industry will need to transform and adapt to a clean energy future.

“Our children are the future and I am delighted that together Corgi International and Horizon can launch a product like the H2GO that offers not only great entertainment and playability but also has fantastic educational value. Discovering fuel cell technology and being able to fill the car’s refueling station just with water is an important part of the play experience.”

Taras Wankewyz, CEO of Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies said: “The H2GO is not only setting the pace for a new generation of toys, but is also acting as a compelling example for other industries of the opportunities to be gained from innovative clean energy fuel cell technology. Corgi’s H2GO will bring fuel cell technology out of the laboratories and into millions of homes around the world.”

The H2GO set comprises a refuelling station, a solar panel, a hydrogen-powered RC car and a remote control. Gaining its power from solar energy, the refuelling station splits water by electrolysis into its two basic elements, oxygen and hydrogen, which is captured for use as fuel for the car. When the car is turned on, the on-board fuel cell starts producing an electric current, which in turn powers the motors and back wheels.

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