The Wales, UK-based car company Riversimple is to undertake the first trials of its hydrogen-powered cars in the UK. The company is partnering with Monmouthshire County Council to run a 12-month trial of the hydrogen-powered FCEV (fuel cell electric vehicle) Rasa, which has a range of 300 miles and refills in five minutes.
In early 2017, Riversimple will supply 20 hand-built hydrogen cell cars for three- or six-month contracts, to be driven by 60-80 residents in the county. It marks the start of the company’s ambitious plans to kick-start hydrogen infrastructure in the UK by developing a community of users around a single hydrogen refueling station.
As part of the initiative, a self-service, mobile refueling point is planned for the council car parks at Abergavenny or Monmouth. Over the next 20 years, Riversimple plans to build a distributed network of compact and efficient manufacturing plants that will regenerate communities and create thousands of jobs.
July 6, 2016