The eighth annual national finals of the Greenpower F24 student electric vehicle competition were held at the Goodwood track in England on October 15. The competition included a six hour endurance for the battery powered racers. The teams had to swap out and charge their batteries during the course of the event. In the past there has been a portable generator provided for onsite charging. During an event earlier in the year at the Dunsfold airfield, the generator broke down, but the London Hydrogen Partnership had their fuel cell power generation trailer on display at the event. LHP stepped up and made the trailer available to the teams to charge their batteries.
For the national final, LHP provided their fuel cell trailer again. The trailer includes a Plug Power GenCore proton exchange membrane fuel cell, an integrated hydrogen cylinder enclosure and control equipment. It was built to demonstrate fuel cell technology to the public but ended up making this electric vehicle competition even greener than before. This year the Weald School's "Slippery Trug" won the national final.