Riversimple Teases Hydrogen-Powered Road Car

Riversimple is all set to unveil their first hydrogen-powered car on Wednesday, February 17 2016.

This image, however, is nothing more then a teaser representing the engineering prototype of the car, which means we can’t draw too many conclusions from it, other than what the taillights look like and to some extent, the rear end as well.

We do know what type of vehicle this will be, thanks to their website where they reveal that this is a two-seater “network electric car”, with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis that weighs less than 40kg (88 lbs).

Other specs include the target weight, which is 520 kg (1,146 lbs), plus the fact that it will feature four electric motors (one in each wheel), super-capacitors that store energy and provide acceleration, a low powered hydrogen fuel cell (8.5 kW) and a 300 mile (482 km) zero-emission range.

The man behind the design of this small car is none other than Chris Reitz, who was part of the design team responsible for the looks of the Fiat 500.

Riversimple is a consortium member of SWARM (Small 4-wheel fuel cell passenger vehicle Applications in Regional and Municipal transport), an organization that has previously received FCH-JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking) research funding from the European Union.

The research leading to these results has been funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework program (FP7/2007-2013) for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative, which pretty much means there’s a lot of officials looking forward to witnessing what the finished product can do.