Microcab reveals H2EV hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

Guess Honda's recently opened hydrogen fueling station in the UK will see some use after all.

A small fleet of Microcab H2EV vehicles will be handed over to Arup, leader of the UK's CABLED (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Vehicle Demonstrators) project, for real-world testing and to determine if the technology fits into the UK's existing infrastructure.

The four-seat Microcab H2EV features a 3-kW fuel cell and boasts a range of up to 100 miles (or as low as 50 miles) before needing to refuel. Microcab says the H2EV can be refueled in a matter of minutes, but with only one public-use and two private hydrogen fueling stations in all of the UK, the Microcab's range seems far too limiting for the vehicle to be even a bit practical under real-world conditions.

The Micrcab H2EV is built on a chassis developed by Lotus, in conjunction with Delta Motorsport and Microcab. Possible mass production will be determined upon analyzing the results of the CABLED trial. Though not bulletproof, Microcab does list a "gunfire resistance fuel tank" as one of the key features of the H2EV. With a top speed of only 40 miles per hour, though, you might wish said tank could envelop the whole car should a gunfight actually break out. You certainly won't outrun much driving this vehicle.

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