It was the most advanced and unlikely car to emerge from British sports car outfit Morgan this century, but the incredible hydrogen-powered LIFEcar may yet have a future as a hybrid electric vehicle, Autocar has learned.
Work is continuing at Morgan, in collaboration with Oscar Automotive, Cranfield and Oxford universities, and QinetiQ, to commercialise the Morgan LIFEcar by early 2012. However, Autocar can reveal that the project has now moved beyond the hydrogen fuel cell stack fitted to the 2008 show car.
“Hydrogen would have been a great fuel for us, but it’s just not widely available enough,” advised our source. “We’re keeping our options open looking for alternatives at the moment, and considering both petrol and diesel, as well as LPG and biofuel, but it’s clear that the car’s platform will need a redesign around its new powerplant.”
Morgan’s LIFEcar (or Lightweight Fuel Efficient Car) project was first announced in autumn 2006, and came to fruition at the Geneva motor show in 2008, when the finished LIFEcar was shown.