Luxury car company Karma has focused on developing plug-in hybrid and electric cars since its birth from the ashes of Fisker in 2014.
It still plans to launch an electric vehicle called the GSe-6, but announced that it is in the early stages of designing a powertrain that would allow it to create a car powered by its hydrogen.
And theShe joined Karma to Denmark-based Blue World Technologies in an effort to make it a reality.
The system is built around a methanol fuel cell that can be filled as fast as a standard gasoline tank.
The chemical passes through a methanol reformer that turns it into hydrogen, which is then used to generate electricity that turns the wheels of a car.
Both parties indicated that methanol is a hydrogen carrier, however, the parties did not say much about how the technology worked or what emissions it produced.
Fuel cells that convert methanol into hydrogen are called reconstituted methanol fuel cells.
The idea is to install one of these cells in the electric vehicle called GSe-6 coming from Karma by the end of 2021 for testing in the US and Denmark.
If all goes as planned, Karma may produce cars powered by methanol fuel cells.
BMW, Hyundai and Toyota are investing millions of dollars to develop hydrogen-powered cars, but they leave methanol out of the equation.
Karma explained that fuel is traded all over the world, it can be stored and distributed using the existing infrastructure in many countries, and methanol can be produced using renewable sources.
As with any fuel cell vehicle, producing methanol with electricity, and then using it in a fuel cell to power the vehicle, is much less efficient than charging the battery directly.
Motorists, automakers and suppliers experimented with vehicles powered by wood, coal, or both during and immediately after World War II.
One of the most common systems consisted of a large wood burning stove attached to the body of the car, and the burning of the wood produced a combustible, synthetic gas that would replace gasoline once it was cooled and filtered.