C-ALPS, the Centre for Alternative Low Carbon Propulsion Systems, opened on 21 March 2019. This new building on Coventry University’s techno park is a joint development between the Aachen-based engineering company FEV and Coventry University. Included in the exhibits was Microcab’s Vianova fuel cell plug hybrid vehicle (see pic). FEV have expressed interest in fuel cell systems having developed the Breeze project (2015), a compact car with fuel cell range extender, based on the Fiat Cinquecento platform.
“It’s all about bringing the best of both worlds together, using the expertise and track record of FEV Group in engineering consultancy and combining it with the academic knowledge of our professors to create a real centre of excellence that can attract funding, build capacity in the supply chain and, importantly, offer commercial testing services to car makers,” says Professor Richard Dashwood, deputy vice-chancellor for research at Coventry University.
The world is changing, population is growing and there are serious challenges facing us; resource depletion, air quality, pollution in the oceans. We need solutions to these problems and Microcab is on a journey developing new concepts in response to some of the fundamental environmental questions of our time.
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Microcab H2EV, in operation with our colleagues at ULB, Brussels, drives out to the Butte de Lion, the monument to the Battle of Waterloo where Napoleon met his downfall. The vehicle fills with hydrogen at the station at Zavantem, near the airport in Brussels. The Air Liquide hydrogen station was installed as part of the FCH-JU funded SWARM project.
Germany’s 51st hydrogen refuelling station opened in Frechen, Cologne on Friday 21 Sept. This was the second Air Liquide station to be opened as part of the FCH JU funded SWARM project. Microcab’s generation 3 SWARM vehicle and a Toyota Mirai were present along with invited guests including the Mayor of Frechen, Susanne Stupp, seen here filling the Mirai with hydrogen.
Microcab Industries has pioneered the design of lean weight hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, specifically designed to improve air quality, with zero emissions at point of use. They are extremely efficient, supporting the global sustainability agenda as resources become more scarce.