Supported in part by a NOK 11 million (€1.35 million; US$1.62 million) grant from the Research Council of Norway, the “TH!NK hydrogen” offers a 300-km (186-mile) driving range—half of that from the grid-charged batteries, and half from the hydrogen fuel cell.
The car is based on the new generation TH!NK city electric car, with a 17.6 kWh Zebra battery from MES-DEA. A 10-kW HyPM fuel cell from Hydrogenics will be placed in a sandwich under the car, and Raufoss Fuel Systems will provide a 700-bar hydrogen storage system for the vehicle.
The TH!NK hydrogen project is split into three phases:
2005: Build one prototype demonstration vehicle.
2006: Build and sell or lease five prototype demonstration vehicle.
2007: Deliver a small series of hydrogen electric cars.
The total budgeted project cost for “TH!NK hydrogen” is NOK 64 million (€8.17 million; US$9.84 million) over 3 years.