A small fleet of Microcab H2EV vehicles will be given to West Midlands’ CABLED (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrator) for testing and to see how the technology copes within the current infrastructure. The Microcab H2EV comes just after the opening of UK's first-ever public hydrogen refuelling station, which opened in Swindon recently.
The Microcab H2EV features a 3kW fuel cell which enables the car to travel around 160km before needing a refuel. Microcab says the H2EV can then be refuelled in a matter of minutes. Managing director of Microcab and professor of sustainable transport design at Coventry University, John Jostins, recently said,
"We’re thrilled to be launching our new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle into the CABLED trial here in the West Midlands.“The H2EV represents a significant step in the development of hydrogen as an alternative energy source of the future for cars, and the launch of the new filling station in Swindon – alongside the existing private stations at Coventry University and in Birmingham – is another milestone for the low-carbon industry.”
The Micrcab H2EV is built around a chassis which was developed by Lotus, in conjunction with Delta Motorsport and Microcab. Possible full-scale production and market entry will be determined upon the results of the trial.