Added to producers’ list – university ‘spin-off’ Microcab

Microcab‘s zero emission four-seat, multi-purpose H2E Microcab was short-listed in this year’s Condé Nast Traveller’s Innovation & Design Awards.

Attributed to digital journalist Alexander Baron

A clear account of Microcab’s earliest history has not been found but the microcab – H2EV – was designed by John Jostins, professor of sustainable transport design at Coventry University and now managing director of Microcab. It is powered by a state-of-the-art 3kW fuel cell which gives the car a 100 mile range.

Hydrogen from a filling station is combined with oxygen from the air to create electricity (which drives the car’s electric motors) and water (the car’s only emission) in a reaction known as ‘reverse electrolysis’.

A fleet of five Microcabs was delivered to the University of Birmingham in 2008 and the UK’s first hydrogen fuelling station was opened on 17 April 2008 at the University of Birmingham.

On 1 December 2010, Microcab announced the opening of its new factory unit in Coventry.

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