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Hydrogen Engine Center Unveils 3-Cylinder, 2.4L Mini Oxx

Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) unveiled its new Mini Oxx three-cylinder 2.4L engine at the Aviation Industry Expo in Las Vegas, Nev. The Mini Oxx is a compact version of HEC’s Oxx Power six-cylinder 4.9L engine—the company’s basic product. (Earlier post.)

HEC is targeting the 65hp (48.5kW) Mini Oxx for applications such as luggage tractors and other airport ground support equipment.

The new three-cylinder engine features interchangeable parts with its six cylinder counterpart.

We wanted the engines to share some of the same components to increase efficiency in production and maintenance. Seventy-two of the 81 parts used in the six cylinder, 4.9L engine are the same for the new three cylinder Mini Oxx and are interchangeable.

—Ted Hollinger, president of HEC

HEC Engines produced at HEC are sold under the Oxx Power brand. In addition to their gasoline engines, HEC developed a family of engines that use fuels such as hydrogen, natural gas, propane, and methane. The engines include the same essential technologies and can be converted to use hydrogen when it is available.

HEC has targeted production of the Mini Oxx to begin in the first quarter of 2007.

Comments

Rafael Seidl

At 0.8L per cylinder, this engine is built for low-end torque and fuel efficiency, not high RPM. The 65hp rating is fairly meaningless for the applications it is intended for.

Still, it is ironic that hydrogen is to be used at airports, where jet engine emissions and fuel consumptions are sky-high anyhow. Luggage tractors et al. are prime candidates for serial electric hybrids with small diesel engines.

JOHN BERNHARD

WITH THE EVENTUAL ADVENT OF MASS PRODUCTION OF HYDROGEN POWERED VEHICLES, I AM WONDERING???? THAT SOMEWHERE DOWN THE ROAD OF LIFE SAY 30/40/50 YEARS AND THE OFF PRODUCT OF HYDROGEN COMBUSTION BEING WATER VAPOR HOW THAT WILL EFFECT AREAS ALREADY SUFFERING FROM HIGH HUMIDITY????

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