Turkey's sodium borohydride fuel-cell vehicle was tested in November by Industry Minister Nihat Ergun in Istanbul. Turkey could make use of its vast boron resources in the automotive and defence industries, the minister said in his speech. "Owning nearly 70 percent of the world's boron reserves makes the works in this field much more meaningful" Ergun said. The minister tested an automobile that runs on a sodium borohydride fuel cell. The fuel cell consumes nearly 1 kilogram of borohydride per 35 kilometers and the vehicle can cover 100 kilometers road at a maxium speed of 80 kilometers per hour. "Why should we not use our potential in boron reserves?" said the minister.
Ergün said the alternative fuel cells, electric and hybrid fuel systems play an important role in Turkey’s efforts to manufacture a national automobile brand in the frame of Turkey’s 2023 vision, the centennial anniversary of the modern Turkish republic.
"According to a study by U.S Borax,there are 600 million metric tons of borates in viable deposits worldwide. If all of the 50 million cars produced each year had a Hydrogen On Demand system on board they would require 3 percent or 20 million metric tons of borates to fuel them. Since the sodium borohydride can be reused and regenerated (for the most part) this is all the sodium borohydride those cars should need in their lifetime. (We would run out of borates at 1.5 billion Hydrogen on Demand fuel cell cars planet-wide.)"