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Date: March 04, 2008 07:11AM
In detail: The
– this is the Morgan LIFECar, a hydrogen fuel-cell concept that will be
revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.
Despite being based around Morgan’s traditional ash frame, the LIFECar is also
fitted with a state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell that produces 22kw of power,
which is then directed to four electric motors, one at each wheel.
Each motor also functions as a generator, storing energy gained from the kinetic
energy created by braking force in a similar to the BMW Efficient Dynamics
system already on the market.
However, Morgan claims that the LIFECar can re-use up to 50 per cent of the
energy produced in braking, whereas other systems only ever store up to 10 per
cent. Another vital difference is that the Life Car uses this energy to propel
the car under acceleration, aiding the hydrogen-powered electric motors.
Energy gleaned from braking, and the hydrogen fuel cell, is stored in a bank of
'ultra capacitors'. It's claimed that these are lighter and more efficient than
any battery. Morgan is not quoting an official weight for the LIFECar, but it is
claiming that the use of a lightweight wooden frame and aluminium bodywork makes
it very light.
Morgan claims the car can hit 62mph in under 7sec, has a 250 mile range and a
top speed of up to 85mph, whilst producing nothing more harmful than heat and
When asked whether the car would ever go into production, a Morgan spokesman
stated that the company is 'waiting to see how the car is received'.
We’ll let you know on that one.