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Solar panels really aren't efficient enough. Remember that splitting and then recombining water does not create energy. It changes the energy into hydrogen and back into water. So using solar power to split the water would be less efficient than using solar cells to power the car directly.
Splitting water into hydrogen then burning it creates the energy. There is no energy being used to recombine the water. The solar energy and rechargeable brakes would be enough energy to charge the battery or solar cell that would be used for splitting water. The hydrogen produced would then be burned as the fuel for the car.
The addative i would add would not be some kind of metal. Metals break down especially if placed in water even though on youtube it shows metal plates being used. The addative i would use would be a powder to get more hydrogen when the water is split just to provide more energy. The hydrogen would be burned up and water would be formed again and the addative would needed to be added again, but that shouldn't be a problem.
You're still not getting my point. If you spend, say 100 units of energy to split the water into hydrogen and oxygen, and then you burn the hydrogen in the oxygen (recreating the water), you get exactly 100 units of energy (less any inefficiency). There is no energy production involved in such an arrangement using electrolysis on the water. To do what you are suggesting, you would need 150 or more units of energy from the hydrogen/oxygen mixture, and that is over-unity.
A hydrogen/electric car has been produced, yes, but never made it to market. That's because there are some serious technical problems that have not yet been resolved. The hydrogen cars i have heard of do not burn water; they burn hydrogen (I think using fuel cells). The hydrogen comes in a tank.