IT HAS taken 77 years of automotive air-conditioning development for someone to figure out that it might be possible to put the condensation dripping from a car’s evaporator to good use.
That person was Ford powertrain controls engineer Doug Martin and colleague John Rollinger, who connected a reservoir, water filter and pump to the condensate outlet, then piped the water into a tap placed conveniently by the cupholder.
Capable of supplying up to two litres of water to the vehicle’s occupants every hour, Ford has christened this innovation “On the go H2O”.
As you’ll see from the video below, this is shed-grade engineering, not something you would expect from a multinational automotive conglomerate. But the best ideas begin in sheds and we hope to see the system on a production car in the near future.