For this week’s video, we present a man who has modified his motorcycle to run on water. Inventor Ricardo Azevedo of Brazil modified his NX200, a single-cylinder Honda sold in Brazil from 1993 to 2001, to run on electricity produced from burning hydrogen separated from water.

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Dubbed the “T Power H2O,” Azevedo’s motorcycle uses a complex-looking system of pipes and water tanks and a regular car battery. The battery provides enough energy to electrolyze the water, separating hydrogen which is then used as fuel for combustion. Azevedo claims the T Power H2O can get about 500 km on a liter of water, which works out to be 1176 per gallon.

Azevedo also demonstrates that the motorcycle can run on both clean drinking water and polluted water of the Sao Paolo’s Tietê River.

We’re a little skeptical about Azevedo’s claims. Okay, we’re plenty skeptical. One big concern is whether a car battery will provide enough juice for electrolysis to supply enough hydrogen to make a decent distance. Azevedo says the T Power H2O uses regenerative braking but the battery will still need a full recharge after ten hours of use. Azevedo also says he uses additives to increase the efficiency of the electrolysis process.

So, what do you think, readers? Does the T Power H2O run on water? Or does it really just run on hogwash?

[Source: RT, UOL]

  • Gabe Ets-Hokin

    In this house, we obey the laws of Thermodynamics!

  • krishan adhikari

    I am doubtful. Seems more like hoax.

  • SRMark

    Wonder how far it will go on snake oil?

  • Paul

    how much power does the alternator put out?

  • Chester Nodier

    I think the answer is yes and no. The motorcycle can run on hydrogen derived from electrolysis. But the energy in that hydrogen is equal to the energy sourced by the battery. Actually it’s less because the process is unlikely to be 100% efficient. In the end, this is just a very inefficient way to power a motorcycle with a battery.

  • TalonMech

    If this bike really runs on water, (which I doubt) his life expectancy just became very short. He will be receiving a visit from big oil interests very soon. It will not end well for him or his invention.

  • Jason

    How long are people going to fall for the same scam? This bike and all the other magical H2O to H generators run on battery power.


    Brazil has some really hot chicks. So hot they could run their bikes on steam power. Hysteresis and all that.

  • Jeffrey Olsson

    A schematic of the process seems to be – Battery used for electrolysis through step up transformer creating hydrogen gas – hydrogen powers engine – engine drives bike and turns alternator which recharges battery. The additional energy in this circuit must therefore come from the burning of hydrogen as without that step the battery would eventually die. If he is being truthful about the efficiency of the electrolysis the laws of thermodynamics would not have to be broken. It seems rather like a stretch but the real test would be a LONG road test over a few days of use by an unbiased third party.

  • frankfan42

    Hydrogen is an energy carrier, not a fuel source. Electrolysis of water to create hydrogen uses more energy than the hydrogen will yield when it burns in the internal combustion chamber. Unless there is something else in the equation the creation of the hydrogen strictly via pure electrolysis consumes more energy than the hydrogen created will yield.
    Color me skeptical, but mindful of the fact that there have been paradigm shifting innovations. Often, progress comes slowly, incrementally and painstakingly. Sometimes it happens in a flash of inspiration.
    If there is a new methodology at work here I sure can’t tell it from the description of the device ” a complex-looking system of pipes and water tanks and a regular car battery.”

  • LS650

    I don’t see a car battery putting out enough current to electrolyse that much hydrogen.

    Someone good at that math stuff is free to tell me I’m wrong…

  • EcoMouse

    He’ll be dead soon… but it’ll look like an accident.

  • EcoMouse

    This does work, I’ve powered a ford ranger with an HHO set-up. BUT… it takes quite a bit of juice, and we had to use 4 car batteries. Ultimately, needing to charge every day. I wouldn’t want to take a road trip. It’s almost better to just do away with the internal combustion engine all together. The concept is dated, and we need to move on to something other than pistons and explosions. That’s 1700’s tech. It’s time to move on.

  • Edmilson Mamulengo

    Sorry guys! It´s fake!!! I´m brazilian, living in Sao Paulo. This story goes around for months here on Facebook. Each 5 years a crazy guy come and say he invented some thing impossible. It´s always a joke, and there are always people who believe in this things.