Isle of Wight Hydrogen Challenge

On 20th April, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will embark on a challenging tour around the Isle of Wight.  The Microcab H2EV, the first hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicle on the island, will set off from Ocean Blue Quay, Eastern Esplanade, Ventnor at 08.30. It will drive the 9.4km to its first port of call, Broadlea Primary School, Newport Rd, Sandown, before embarking on a complete circle of the island, visiting other schools and landmarks on the way. (For photo opportunities, see map reference points and full itinerary below).

The school visits build on the hydrogen schools challenge that Arcola Energy carried out on the island over the last 2 years. 15 schools and a scout group have been visited involving over 1000 Isle of Wight children in workshops in which they have built and raced their own hydrogen fuel cell cars. This tour gives them a chance to see a larger sized vehicle with the same technology on board.

John Jostins, Managing Director, Microcab: “We are really looking forward to the Isle of Wight challenge.  It will give us the opportunity to test and challenge the vehicle in some very different conditions and allow us to visit a number of schools along the way, where we hope to inspire and educate local schoolchildren about the potential of using hydrogen as a clean and sustainable fuel.”

Ben Todd, Managing Director, Arcola Energy: “It is exciting for us to see this tour build on the work we have already been doing with schools on the Isle of Wight, helping to make the link from the kits in the workshops to the reality of a hydrogen vehicle on the roads, with our technology on board.”