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Riversimple hydrogen car to be revealed this week

Auto Express logo Auto Express 15/02/2016 Sam Naylor
Riversimple teaser © Auto Express Riversimple teaser

A teaser picture of a new hydrogen car has been released by British firm Riversimple ahead of a reveal later this week.

The image shows a coupe-like roofline and sporty rear lights, as well as some vents next to the steep rear windscreen. The Riversimple website includes some information on the car, including that it will be a two-seater made from carbon fibre to keep weight down.

The total weight of the car is just 520kg, which facilitates a low-powered 8.5kW hydrogen fuel cell and four electric motors - one for each wheel. The motors can recover energy when braking, too. This combines for an equivalent economy figure of 250mpg and a 300-mile range, and of course it emits 0g/km of CO2 as well.

Despite having a relatively low power output the lightweight car goes from standstill to its top speed of 55mph in nine seconds. 

Interestingly, the Riversimple will be available on a contract that includes all the associated running costs, including fuel. After the car is revealed this week there will be an initial production run of 20 models to test the initiative. The company is working to improve the availability of hydrogen fuel in the UK, too.

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