Riversimple (earlier post) will reveal the engineering prototype of its first hydrogen-powered road on Wednesday, 17 February. Riversimple is a consortium member of SWARM (Demonstration of Small 4-wheel fuel cell passenger vehicle Applications in Regional and Municipal transport).
|Teaser shot. Click to enlarge.|
The car is very light, with a target weight of 520 kg. It embodies various key features:
- Four electric motors, one in each wheel
- Motors as brakes—recovering more than 50% of kinetic energy when braking
- Super-capacitors to store this energy and provide most of the power for acceleration
- A low-powered hydrogen fuel cell (8.5 kW)
- A body made of lightweight composites
Riversimple’s Mk2 production prototype, with third-generation powertrain developed throughout the year in a Mk1 vehicle, performed its initial trials in late October 2015.
SWARM has received FCH-JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking) research funding from the European Union.
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative under grant agreement N° 303485.