A British company is planning to unveil a four-seat hydrogen-powered saloon as early as 2012, Autocar can reveal.
Riversimple is paving the way for its full-sized motorway-capable car with a smaller hydrogen city car.
Company boss Hugo Spowers told Autocar, “We want to move into four-seater motorway-capable hydrogen cars. This type of vehicle is a dominant argument in favour of hydrogen cars.”
Spowers says his car will cruise at 75mph, have a much smaller fuel cell than vehicles like the Honda FCX, and a 200-mile range.
Riversimple is testing its hydrogen technology in a small Smart-sized city car, which weighs just 350kg, has a 6kW fuel cell, and can reach 50mph.
The urban car project has been financed by Sebastian Piëch, the great-grandson of Ferdinand Porsche.
Small manufacturers will be able to lease the design, and the infrastructure will be developed alongside the car.
The cars themselves will also be leased over 20 years with fuelling included in the leasing cost, and the materials will be recycled at the end of the vehicle's lifespan.