The idea of an American-made extended-range plug-in utility van may have faded – for now, with the failure of Bright Automotive – but there remain some companies kicking around that exact idea across the pond.
Fuel Cell Black Cabs hit the streets of London for the first time since being deemed road legal by the UK's Vehicle Certification Authority. The project to put a fleet of "zero emissions" taxis on the streets of London in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics is on track, says Intelligent Energy, the fuel cell provider for the Black Cabs. Boris Johnson, mayor of London, called the taxis a "shining example of British ingenuity" and that the road test:
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Intelligent Energy (IE), known on ABG's pages as the company behind the ENV fuel-cell motorcycle, has announced that they will partner up with Suzuki Motor Corporation on the development of prototype hydrogen fuel-cell motorcycles. Future bikes produced by the partnership will run on Intelligent Energy's proprietary Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel-cells that are billed by IE as having class-leading performance in automotive applications. The PEM design utilises thin metallic bipolar plates,
Regular readers of our site are already familiar with the ENV, the first motorcycle that is fueled by hydrogen. This vehicle has been around in prototype stage for along time, and has been test ridden to death, so I won't go into any details. The general story is this: about 100 miles at 50 miles per hour on electricity generated by the hydrogen fuel cell.