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Where can I get one?
Okay, first, the bad news: At the present time there are no commercially available tribrid vehicles. Now, some good news: There are several recent and very encouraging examples of fixed-base recharging stations which do use free, captured energy as a means of fuelling certain types of alternative-power vehicles. For example, fixed-base solar panels are currently being used to help recharge certain battery-powered vehicles. Such stationary solar panels have also successfully extracted hydrogen from water, providing a cost-free source of pollution-free fuel  for hydrogen-powered vehicles. Based on these early successes it appears that manufacturers might well begin producing vehicles specifically designed to utilize at least the fixed-base recharging stations. Sometime later we will likely begin to see examples where the tribrid vehicle itself is equipped with some sort of portable on-board recharging station. The idea of having the energy-capturing device on-board has, in fact, already been successfully tested on a boat and a plane. That these first two applications are both non-land based is perhaps unsurprising, given that whether in the air or on the sea the opportunity to capture environmental energy is great while the opportunity to stop to refuel is small. The tribrid boat, in at least one configuration, still carries with it some fossil fuel, but in all configurations it nonetheless relies heavily on both solar and wind energy to move it through the water. The tribrid plane carries no fossil fuel: In addition to being totally solar powered during the day the tribrid plane uses what would otherwise be excess solar energy to extract pure hydrogen from water vapour. Later on, in the absence of ambient sunlight, the hydrogen is then utilized by on-board fuel cells to create the electrical energy needed to keep the plane motors turning in complete darkness.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles 2007

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