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Check Out the Revamped Honda NX200 That Runs on Water

Saigon is developing at a breakneck pace. As the number of motorbikes in the city continues to climb, air pollution reaches dangerous levels in urban Vietnam, making it hard to imagine a city free of that dirty, late-afternoon haze we all love to hate.

Enter Ricardo Azevedo, a Brazilian civil servant who got fed up enough with gas prices to grab a toolbox, crack open his son's science book and make his Honda NX200 motorbike run on water.

The Sao Paulo handyman calls his invention the T Power H2O, reports the Daily Mail. An electric current breaks down Azevedo's fuel into hydrogen and oxygen through electrolysis, then powers the bike on hydrogen gas. With just one liter of water, the bike can travel up to 500 kilometers.

Why has no one done this before? According to Reuters, researchers have looked into the possibility of fueling vehicles with hydrogen gas for ages, but the fact that it's a highly flammable substance makes for some concern. Azevedo, however, maintains that the benefits far outweigh the risks and continues to develop the bike and its features.

While there may be some kinks to work out with the overall design, we'd be more than happy to test drive a few water-powered motorbikes over here. Imagine the possibilities: what if exhaust fumes were actually water vapor and instead of killing our lungs with pollution that rush hour gridlock was like a giant outdoor steam room? Sign us up.

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