Coventry vehicle manufacturer Microcab will launch its new H2EV hydrogen fuel cell vehicle this week, following the recent opening of the UKâ€™s first hydrogen refuelling station in Swindon.
A fleet of Microcabs will be given to West Midlandsâ€™ CABLED (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrator) trial to showcase and evaluate the cars.
When brimmed with hydrogen, the 3kW fuel cell-powered H2EV will travel a claimed 100 miles and can be refilled â€œin a matter of minutesâ€.
The chassis of the car â€“ designed by Microcab and electric carmaker Delta Motorsport â€“ is engineered by Lotus.
Managing director of Microcab and professor of sustainable transport design at Coventry University, John Jostins, said: â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to be launching our new hydrogen fuel cell vehicle into the CABLED trial here in the West Midlands.
â€œThe 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 â€“ alongside the existing private stations at Coventry University and in Birmingham â€“ is another milestone for the low-carbon industry.â€