Solar-Hydrogen Car Crosses Finish Line in Australia

December 30, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

A car that runs on hydrogen and solar power completed a gruelling journey across Australia in what organizers claimed was a world first that would pave the way for "clean, green" transport. Named Apollondine after mythical ancient Greek sun and water gods, the vehicle was built by students at Tamagawa University in Tokyo.

The vehicle travelled 4,084km (2,533 miles) across the desert from Perth to Sydney over nine days in a test of the experimental vehicle's durability. The car's exhaust emissions consist of pure water, which Sydney Lord mayor Lucy Turnbull drank from a glass after it arrived in Sydney.

"We could have done it in four days but we didn't want to take any chances, we wanted to show this could be done," said organizer Hans Tholstrup. "It's interesting that clever university students have come up with this design, instead of the major car companies."