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Open-Source Car Powered by Sustainable, Reprocessed Hydrogen Unveiled

On March 27, the Foundation for Nature and the Environment and the three Dutch universities of technology - TU Delft, TU Eindhoven and TU Enshede - unveiled their vision of the car of the future: c,mm,n. This is the first open-source car in the world and serves as an invitation to other interested parties to work together to develop the concept. c,mm,n is a zero-emission 2+2 family car that is powered by sustainable, reprocessed hydrogen. And c,mm,n is also a great example of communication technology, which optimises mobility by making all forms of partnerships between motorists possible. The founders want to use this project to create a market for clean, futuristic mobility.

c,mm,n. your mobility. our c,mm,n future
The presentation of three lifelike 1:1 scale models (so-called mock-ups) can be experienced during the entire AutoRAI show in a huge, 5-meter high green car parked in the middle of the Europa Hall. The pavilion offers something for young and old alike: the Key Ring Game takes the 'motorist of the future' to the actual environmentally friendly models in the RAI complex, the mobility test measures one's knowledge of environmental friendliness and inexpensive car journeys, and in the Interior Lab visitors can view students' experimental projects.

c,mm,n is the first real open-source car in the world. This is to say that the development of the car took place in an online community that is similar to Wikipedia or Linux. The drawings and blueprints for the c,mm,n are freely accessible via the Internet, so that people can add their own ideas and adaptations. One condition is applied to this however: the ideas put forward must also be given back to the community.

Innovation in technology and partnership
c,mm,n is a sustainable car, owing its unique use of technology - its hydrogen-powered fuel cell system, light and aerodynamic shape and the many possibilities it offers for reuse and recycling. The hybrid power for the four electric engines located in the wheel nubs is extremely efficient and clean. Only water is emitted when the car is being driven, and the braking power is stored for later use. Its environmental friendliness is also bolstered by the many clever possibilities for partnerships between users. Collective route and ride planning, the delivery of goods in the parked car, warning systems for dangerous or congested traffic situations: the c,mm,n-drivers exchange important information that is of help to them and others.

Opening salvo
The presentation of c,mm,n at the 'Auto of the Future' pavilion in the Europa Hall marks a milestone in the intensive partnership between the founders and an impressive list of companies, including the main partners Rabobank and Athlon Car Lease. In addition to this being a milestone, c,mm,n is above all the opening salvo for people and organisations to start thinking together and contributing to the future development of the concept. Athlon Car Lease, DHV and have joined the founders in taking the lead. See for an overview of the approximately 30 partners.

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