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UK manufacturer Microcab launches hydrogen fuel cell car

UK-based specialist vehicle manufacturer Microcab, which was spun out from Coventry University, is launching a new hydrogen fuel cell car.

The H2EV, which is the brainchild of John Jostins, professor of sustainable transport design at the University and managing director of Microcab, includes a chassis designed by Microcab and Delta Motorsport and engineered by Lotus.

The four-seat car, which also comes in van and taxi options, is powered by a 3 kW fuel cell, which uses hydrogen as a fuel combined with oxygen, to produce electricity to drive the vehicle and produces only water as a byproduct.

The H2EV can be refuelled with hydrogen just like a convention petrol car and can run for up to 120 miles between refuelling.

A fleet of the new vehicles will take part in the West Midlands’ Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrator (CALEB) trial, which is showcasing and testing low-carbon vehicles in the region.

Last week, Japanese carmaker Honda announced the opening of a public hydrogen refuelling station at its headquarters in Swindon.

“The H2EV represents a significant step in the development of hydrogen as an alternative energy source of the future for cars, and the launch of the new filling station in Swindon alongside the existing private stations at Coventry University and in Birmingham is another milestone for the low carbon industry,” says Jostins.

September 26, 2011 - 11:00 AM