|Sketch of the LIFECar.|
Morgan Motor will stage the world debut of its hydrogen fuel cell powered LIFECar at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show (6-16 March).
The LIFECar is powered by a 22 kW fuel cell sized to meet the constant load requirement of cruising (about 20% of peakpower) and as a result significant weight and cost reductions have been made over other designs. The fuel cell, from QinetiQ, operates at 45% efficiency.
|The chassis of the LIFECar. Click to enlarge.|
The LIFECar features 4 electric motor/generators, each connected directly to a driving wheel. The motors support regenerative braking. The recaptured energy is stored in a bank of ultracapacitors.
Cranfield University developed the vehicle management systems. They have also developed a solution to seamlessly switch the electronic brakes to a conventional hydraulic system at very low speeds.
LIFECar has been engineered to deliver energy consumption equivalent to 1.8 liters gasoline equivalent per 100km (131 mpg US) with a top speed potential of 80-85 mph, a 0-62 time of under 7 seconds and a 250-mile range.
Collaborators on the LIFECar project are Oscar Automotive, Cranfield University, QinetiQ, Oxford University, Linde AG and Morgan Motor Company.
Along with other models to be shown in Geneva, Morgan will also introduce the 4/4 Sport. Powered by a 115 bhp 1.6 liter Ford Sigma engine, the car has CO2 emissions below 140g/km.