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Hydrogen fuelled cars join trial in UK

Niche carmaker Microcab has supplied a hydrogen fuel cell car to a UK research programme in the midlands.

A spin-out company of Coventry University, Microcab will supply a fleet of its new hydrogen-powered cars to the West Midlands CABLED trial (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrator programme) to allow its model to be tested in real-world driving situations.

As the part of the UK’s biggest trial of low emission and alternative fuel vehicles, the CABLED programme has been testing and showcasing the potential of cutting-edge, clean tech vehicles since it was first launched back in 2010.

The Microcab H2EV is the brainchild of John Jostins, professor of sustainable transport design at Coventry University, and is powered by a state-of-the-art 3kW fuel cell.

This combines hydrogen from the car’s tank with atmospheric oxygen to create electricity, which drives the car’s electric motors with water vapour as the model’s only emission.

The H2EV can run for 100 miles before needing a Hydrogen top up.

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