Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fuel cell sports car

A fuel cell sports car is a future vehicle anticipated to arrive with the advent of sophisticated hydrogen fuel cell technology. Although the primary impetus for fuel cell research is cleaner automobile emissions, overall vehicle performance is also a factor. Current fuel cell cars run on relatively low power (80-100 kW) electric motors, but more powerful motors are capable of dramatic performance even when compared to fossil fuel engines. For instance, the Venturi Fetish is an electric (plug-in) car that achieves 0 to 100 km/h times of under five seconds, which has traditionally been the acceleration territory of sports cars.
Production of fuel cell vehicles has been limited thus far to prototypes and fleet vehicles aimed at efficiency. However, several news sources have cited UK-based Morgan Motor Company as being involved in a project to build a fuel cell sports car based on the Morgan Aero 8. The endeavour also involves Cranfield University, Oxford University, and defense technology firm QinetiQ, among others. The project has been tentatively titled LIFEcar.


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