Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car For UK Is, Um, Cute

Talk about good timing! Just days after Honda announced that they had opened the UK’s first public hydrogen filling station in the town of Swindon, a new hydrogen fuel cell car is launched, and gosh, is it a cutie!

Named the H2EV, the micro car is being made by Coventry-based niche vehicle manufacturer Microcab. The company, which spun off from projects in Coventry University, will initially supply a fleet of the cars to the Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrator project which was set up to to showcase and evaluate low carbon vehicles across the region.

H2EV

image via Microcab

Aside from its adorable looks, the H2EV boasts a rather impressive resume. The car’s chassis was designed with help from racing industry company Delta Motorsport, while Lotus had a hand in the engineering. Meanwhile, John Jostins, managing director of Microcab and professor of sustainable transport design at Coventry University, is no stranger to innovation – he is one of the men responsible for the creation of R2D2 for the Star Wars movies in the late seventies.

The H2EV is powered by a state-of-the-art 3kW fuel cell, which combines hydrogen from the pump with oxygen from the air to create electricity (which drives the car’s electric motors) and water (the car’s only emission) in a reaction known as ‘reverse electrolysis’. Unlike a pure electric vehicle, whose only power source – a battery – can take hours to charge, the H2EV can be refilled with hydrogen in a matter of minutes, and can run for 100 miles before needing a refill.

Steve Duda lives in West Seattle, WA with three dogs and a lot of outdoor gear. A part-time fly fishing fishing guide and full-time writer, Steve’s work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Seattle Weekly, American Angler, Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, Democracy Now! and many others.

    • Anonymous

      shades of genepax

    • Anonymous

      needs some tweeking

    • Dirtysanchez

      How can anyone call this thing cute? Its a massive plastic egg with aweful tiny wheels!? I don’t understand why these little companies manage to sponge government funding and then make such bland unimaginative vehicles! I have been following this thing and apparently the roof and whole body are fibreglass, and the fuel pipes run right behind the bumper, if you see one on the road avoid it!!n

    • Retein Rhunard

      Sorry to be a massive star wars geek but as far as i know this guy didn’t design R2D2 at all, he was one of the people who helped make the fibre glass moulds.