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Car mechanic from Punjab makes scientific breakthrough, invents car powered by water which costs Rs 1 per km to run
Born on December 12, 1982, 35-year-old Kapil – a car mechanic from town Mallanwala in Ferozepur district of Punjab – along with two others, has designed an astonishing car that runs on water.

Kapil, whose father was also a mechanic has been modifying a Maruti 800 cc engine for the last three to four years and has now finally made the scientific breakthrough.

Disclosing his technique, Kapil said that the car runs on acetylene gas which is formed from a chemical reaction between calcium carbide, lead, alcohol and water in a tank presently fitted with CNG-based gas with a little change in the technique by connecting the pipe directly to the engine to start which helps the overall performance of the car.

However, before starting, the fuel in the pipe has to be burned before connecting the chemically reacted water from the tank.

After explaining his technique, Kapil put the material in the tank with water for reaction and gave a successful trail run.

During the interaction, Kapil said that he is still working on it and making more improvements by attaching censors with the engine which will further help in increasing efficiency and reducing the cost per km.

With steadily increasing fuel costs, his invention which has made him a local celebrity, is likely to be a stepping stone towards a future car. He plans to get it patented besides tying up with car manufacturing companies for commercial production of the vehicle.

Talking about the running cost, he said that with Rs 70 being the material cost to be put in the tank, the car will run up to 70 km, as per trials conducted by him between Mallanwala and Ferozepur.

Dr Rajiv Arora, a chemical engineer, when contacted in this context, said, "Loss of oil would definitely cause the end of the world as we know it. From chocolate to coffee, fats, sawdust and other wastes, engineers are experimenting with cleaner fuels for transportation and energy."

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