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About the H2EV

The next-generation hybrid machine brings together expertise from the automotive and motorsport industries, incorporating a chassis engineered by Lotus. For its power source the H2EV features a PEM fuel cell, its control system and traction battery. This hybrid powertrain architecture combines the power capability of a Lithium-ion battery with the energy capability of a hydrogen fuel cell to achieve excellent vehicle performance with ultra-low energy usage and zero emissions.

This multi-purpose H2EV Microcab can be used as a four-seat car, a light van (as shown above) or a taxi, and has been designed to use either a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain or a pure battery EV drive, depending on the user’ s requirements and their access to refuelling infrastructure. That refuelling infrastructure has been strengthened with Coventry University’s new hydrogen fuel station.

Microcab H2EV Vehicle Specification

  • Length : 3.5 metres
  • Height : 1.7 metres
  • Width : 1.6 metres
  • Gross vehicle weight : approx 750kg
  • Chassis : Lotus bonded aluminium
  • Crash protection : Front offset impact; side impact; roof crush
  • Drive : Twin DC motors, 40kW peak
  • Main drive voltage : 72v
  • Transmission : Belt drive to front wheels
  • Lithium battery pack : 4.3kWh capacity
  • Fuel cell : Horizon low temperature Proton-Exchange Membrane (PEM), 3k or 5k options
  • Fuel cell power : 3.0kW continuous
  • Hydrogen tank capacity : 1.8kg
  • Hydrogen tank pressure : 350 bar
  • Range on full tank : up to 180 miles
  • Max speed : 55mph
  • Car format : 4 seats
  • Van format : 2 seats, 200kg payload
  • Taxi format : Driver and 2/3 passengers
  • Taxi details : Flat floor for full accessibility
  • Legislation : EC Whole Vehicle Type Approval when in volume production. Hydrogen system meets EU Regulation No 79/2009

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