PHOTO CAPTION: Riversimple hydrogen car is powered by 6kW fuel cell driving electric hub motors.

Open Source Hydrogen Car Aims to Reinvest Car Production, Ownership

Two-passenger Riversimple runs on 6kW fuel cell and gets equivalent of 300 miles per gallon.

Published: 21-Jan-2010

Cars are evil, right? But what if they ran on hydrogen, did 300 miles per gallon, were leased rather than owned, and were produced under an open source business model...

We have often been introduced to the car of tomorrow, but one company has now created a car with the future in mind. But it is about far more than just a car, it’s about a business model that is challenging the very architecture of the auto industry.

Riversimple’s network electric car is a hydrogen fuel cell powered car, with unique technologies that enable it to run on a 6kW fuel cell, with a fuel consumption equivalent to 300 miles per gallon and greenhouse gas emissions at 30g per km, well-to-wheel - less than a third of that from the most efficient petrol-engine cars currently available.


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