Riversimple, a Wales-based manufacturer of hydrogen electric cars, has been awarded government funding of £1.25m, to support the production of a test fleet of 20 Rasa vehicles.
The grant, from the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) will support the production of 17 of Riversimple’s Rasa cars, which will complement three other Rasa models.
The fleet will be user-tested in a 12-month trial in and around Abergavenny, in Monmouthshire.
The trail will provide data and user insight that will be used to refine the design and the customer proposition further, ahead of volume production.
“This funding award will support us to complete our first production run of the Riversimple Rasa,” said Hugo Spowers, Founder and Chief Engineer of Riversimple.
“In partnership with Monmouthshire County Council these cars will form a part of the pioneering Clean Mobility Trial which will see 12 months of user testing allowing us to improve our customer offer and to promote localised refuelling infrastructure,” Spowers continued.
Riversimple plans to boost hydrogen infrastructure in the UK by developing communities of users around each filling station.
“The innovative technology these vehicles use has long range (300+ miles) and fast refuelling (3-5 minutes) capability and will support the Industrial Strategy Future of Mobility Grand Challenge to place the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles,” said The Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
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