Your next EV could produce drinking water from thin air

Drinking water from thin air could be produced due to a new agreement between Watergen and electric vehicle manufacturer Mullen Automotive.

 Watergen's air-to-water system installed in a vehicle dashboard. (photo credit: WATERGEN)
Watergen's air-to-water system installed in a vehicle dashboard.
(photo credit: WATERGEN)

Have you ever wanted to cruise down the highway while drinking a glass of water pulled from the very air your car is plowing through? Probably not, but American drivers will soon be able to do it anyway.

Emerging electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Mullen Automotive has signed a partnership with Israeli start-up Watergen to develop and equip Mullen’s portfolio of electric vehicles with the ability to produce fresh drinking water from thin air.

The rising popularity of electric vehicles has led to a new wave of emerging EV manufacturers, representing a departure from the automotive industry’s history of domination at the hands of long-standing producers. Newer brands have begun to emerge, each with their own nifty tricks that they hope will give them an edge in the burgeoning EV marketplace.

Mullen is no different, and the manufacturer’s CEO and chairman, David Michery, has implied that the innovation (slated for initial testing in the first quarter of 2023) could help their vehicles stand out from the pack.

“Mullen will be the first automotive company to launch and implement Watergen for our entire portfolio of electric vehicles,” he said. “The opportunities for air-to-water vehicle applications are endless, and Mullen is proud to partner with Watergen on this game-changing technology.”

“Mullen will be the first automotive company to launch and implement Watergen for our entire portfolio of Electric Vehicles.”

David Michery

Watergen is an Israel-based company that produces atmospheric water generation technology and equipment that creates drinking water from the moisture found in common household air.

A Watergen machine produces clean drinking-quality water from the air  (credit: PR)A Watergen machine produces clean drinking-quality water from the air (credit: PR)

Watergen's partnership with Mullen

As a result of the partnership with Mullen, Watergen’s “air to clean drinking water” technology will allow the EV manufacturer’s vehicles to generate a fresh supply of hot and cold drinking water for vehicle occupants. This technology is envisioned for Mullen’s fleet of EV cargo vans and can be utilized in both commercial and recreational vehicle settings. The air to water systems will provide up to five liters of drinking water daily – directly from the air – while the vehicle is moving.

By implementing its technology in Mullen’s vehicles, Watergen hopes to reach a broader audience of potential users. The company hopes to further its primary goal of eliminating drinking water shortages in any location, at any time, while enabling the elimination of carbon-intensive supply chains and environmentally harmful plastic waste.

“The cooperation with Mullen takes us another step toward a cleaner environment and a unique and uncompromising vehicle experience,” said Steve Elbaz, Watergen’s VP for mobility. “We are working and will continue to work for a clean future not just for us, but for every person in this world.”