Paired with a compressed hydrogen tank and a bank of super-capacitors up front (rather than conventional batteries), the fuel cell vehicle will power four electric motors mounted at each wheel, which individually provide around 118 lb.-ft. of torque and help the car along to its claimed 300 mile driving range. Due to the vehicle’s lower relative power and focus on longer range fuel economy, zero to 55 mph takes about nine seconds, at which point the coupe has reached its top speed. A fuel fill-up is said to take about three minutes.
The company is also looking to provide a unique value proposition for drivers in that all running costs will be bundled up into just one fee, which includes the cost of fuel. You won’t be able to buy one quite yet, however.
Riversimple says it plans an immediate initial production run of 20 vehicles, which will be delivered to a small test group this year, while customer cars will become available next year and in 2018. Stay tuned for more when the Riversimple hydrogen car is unveiled tomorrow.