BOC helps hydrogen transport take a major step forward


The launch of a new hydrogen vehicle has been made possible by crucial funding from industrial gas company BOC, part of The Linde Group.

The Riversimple Urban Car was developed over three years in a cooperative research programme with Oxford University, Cranfield University and Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies.

Founder of the project, Hugo Spowers, has had assistance from BOC, together with substantial support from the family of Ernst Piech, grandson of Ferdinand Porche (the founder of the Porche motor company), in order to make his dream possible.

The Riversimple car is a lightweight, two-seater vehicle, with a top speed of 50mph. It has a range of more than 200 miles between refuelling stops, and is highly fuel efficient – much more so than previous hydrogen-fuelled vehicles.

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