Riversimple will provide 30 hydrogen fuel-cell powered cars for a trial in Leicester from spring 20
10 June 2010

Riversimple, a UK firm with backing from Ernst Piech, a member of the Porsche dynasty, will provide 30 hydrogen fuel-cell powered cars for a trial in Leicester from spring 2012.

The 12-month project is designed to trial the cars and help identify suitable refuelling points in the city. Riversimple says that if the project is a success it will locate a manufacturing plant with a capacity for building 5000 cars in Leicester.

UK hydrogen cars planned

The Riversimple is a two-seat car with a top speed of 50mph and a range of 200 miles. It is built using lightweight composites and weighs just 350kg. The car is currently designed at built at Silverstone in Northamptonshire.

When the car goes into production Riversimple plans to lease it out for a monthly and all inclusive per mile charge, similar to a mobile phone contract. It estimates the average user will pay £200 a month plus 15p per mile to run the car.

Riversimple also plans to run a second trial in another city, and is currently trying to raise £20m of investment to further its plans.

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10 June 2010

excellent, ban the battery car are lets have hydrogen.

it does the equivalent of 300mpg!

£200/month for the whole car, for electric it costs £85/month for just the battery!

200mile range and no recharging or cables/sockets in the rain etc.

no depreciation worries, no servicing, no parts to worry about. very good.

350kgs even at low maximum speed would be so much fun on winding country roads. foot to the floor dont let off.


10 June 2010

[quote beachland2] excellent, ban the battery car are lets have hydrogen.[/quote]

Have you no idea how environmentally damaging the production of hydrogen is? Or how difficult it is to store? They'd need a bloody heavy tank for this thing... and 350kgs, with any kind of crash protection?

Looks like another G-wiz to me. Riversimple, go away and die. G-wiz, go away and die. Gordon Murray, please go back to McLaren and design wonderful supercars - not stupid little sh!tboxes like this.

10 June 2010

if it can get a 5 star ncap you would accept it?

10 June 2010

Should have made it look like that Red Lexus in Minority Report. What a waste of an opportunity.

10 June 2010

[quote beachland2]

if it can get a 5 star ncap you would accept it?

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It won't even get one star. Forget it. I'm going to do the really environmentally sustainable bit and keep an old car going. How much is a decent E38 750i with the V12 engine worth?

10 June 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]It won't even get one star.[/quote]

i think your getting the wrong end of the stick. this car is built by motorsport specialists, its made out of super tough carbonfibre frame, it could come off a lot better in a 100mph head smash into a concrete wall than any large german car.

not that it can do 100mph with a 50mph top speed.

10 June 2010

[quote beachland2]

[quote Straight Six Man]It won't even get one star.[/quote]

i think your getting the wrong end of the stick. this car is built by motorsport specialists, its made out of super tough carbonfibre frame, it could come off a lot better in a 100mph head smash into a concrete wall than any large german car.

not that it can do 100mph with a 50mph top speed.

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Has it got a rollcage? No. Has it got a long nose? No. It'll be, at best, as safe as a Smart - and still bugger all use against a nice big luxobarge.

10 June 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]Has it got a rollcage? No. Has it got a long nose? No. It'll be, at best, as safe as a Smart - and still bugger all use against a nice big luxobarge.[/quote] Lady Di's luxobarge didn't do too well against a Parisian underpass pillar.

10 June 2010

roads are so unfair, there is always something bigger than you.

12 June 2010

[quote Dan McNeil v2][quote Straight Six Man]Has it got a rollcage? No. Has it got a long nose? No. It'll be, at best, as safe as a Smart - and still bugger all use against a nice big luxobarge.[/quote] Lady Di's luxobarge didn't do too well against a Parisian underpass pillar.[/quote]

Well, it was doing over 100mph IIRC! And she wasn't wearing a seatbelt - daft bint.

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