Hydrogen Fueled Cars on the Road

Newest addition to the line of Hydrogen Fueled Cars by Riversimple with its two-seater urban car. 30 units will be available for lease in 2012 in the U.K. as part of the testing process. The company hopes to produce 5,000 units each year if the trial proves successful.

Riversimple Hydrogen Car

Here's details of the cars specs: (Published by Associated Newspapers Ltd.)

  • Length: 8ft 6 inches
  • Width: 4ft 9 inches
  • Height: 4ft 6 inches
  • Weight: 1/3 of a ton
  • Top speed: 50mph
  • Acceleration: 0 -30mph: 5.5 seconds
  • Range: 240 miles
  • Miles per gallon equivalent: 300mpg
  • Cost to lease: £200 a month plus 15p a mile.
  • Fuel: hydrogen
  • Power generation: 'Fuel cell' - hydrogen reacts chemically at a membrane with oxygen, producing electricity and water, (H2O).
  • Emissions: pure water.
  • Electric motors: 4 - one driving each wheel of the car.
  • Gears: None. Direct drive.
  • Fuel cell power: six kilowatts - or about the same as three domestic kettles or six bars of an electric kettle - but super-efficient so little energy wasted.
  • Braking: Energy generated from braking is stored and re-used to save fuel consumption. This is called 'regenerative braking.'But Horizon's hydrogen generation technology interests me more as they're storing hydrogen at low pressure.
  • CES: Toyota reveals their hydrogen 'Car of the Future'

    Horizon is using its technology for hydrogen fueled toy cars. 

    Other cars using hydrogen as fuel on video...

    General Motors' Sequel introduced:

    Daimler Chrysler's hydrogen car:

    See BMW refueling on this video:

    And of course the company that's leading in production of fuel cell cars, Honda's FCX Clarity:

    In 2015 Toyota will begin selling their hydrogen car.

    Toyota Hydrogen Car 2015

    "After decades of big promises, false starts, and meager infrastructure, the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will go on sale in the United States next year. It’s coming from Toyota, which promises a range of 300 miles and a fill-up time of less than five minutes — once you’ve actually found a station that stocks the stuff.

    The unnamed camo-clad engineering prototype that Toyota unveiled at CES looks remarkably similar to a Toyota Corolla. The automaker, which has spent the past year flogging the car in some of the hottest and coldest places on the continent, claims the emissions-free sedan will put out more than 100 kW (over 130 horsepower) and do zero to 60 in around 10 seconds." - Source: wired.com

    So are we really on the road to hydrogen economy and energy independence?

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