There's going to be a lot of cool news flowing out of this year's Geneva auto show, but I don't think any of it is going to be cooler than this.
Morgan, a luxury car company, has teamed up with the UK government and several leading universities to produce the Life Car, a high-performance, luxury, fuel cell vehicle with a zero-to-sixty time of 7 seconds and a top speed of 90 mph. Think "Tesla Roadster," but nicer and more expensive...and hydrogen-powered. The accomplishments here are many, so let's take a look at them.
First, the car is built for expensive tastes. Sadly, at this point, there aren't going to be any cheap fuel cell vehicles. So, just like Tesla, Morgan (and the UK) have decided to hit the luxury market first, creating a unique-looking, fun-to-drive, extremely eco-friendly car.
The fuel cell stack in the car is pretty comparable to the stacks being used by Honda and GM in their test fleets. In fact, it's actually a little less impressive. But the Morgan Lifecar makes some adjustments in other areas to turn less power into more performance. The car's aluminum chassis and wooden seats keep weight far lower than comparable cars. And on-board ultracapacitors, charged by regenerative braking, give the car a power boost for acceleration and climbing hills.
The car, at this point, is a concept, but Morgan doesn't rule out producing it in the future. If they do, they'll have to look at including some of the things left out...like airbags and a stereo. And with the hydrogen refilling infrastructure being non-existant everywhere except Los Angeles, all hydrogen cars are pretty far off at this point.
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