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.