Fleet managers and other decision-makers will be given a chance to test-drive a Microcab H2EV at the 2013 Company Car in Action event. The vehicle is designed as a city car with a top speed of 55 mph and top range of 100 miles.
The event will take place at the Millbrook Proving Ground in the United Kingdom where over 1,000 fleet decision-makers are expected to attend. The Microcab H2EV is a compact four-seater with a 3 kw fuel cell.
According to Professor John Jostins, managing director of Microcab, “Fleet operators are key influencers and we consider it very important to have their backing in order for hydrogen powered vehicles to gain ground. Not surprisingly, the hydrogen hotspots are California, Germany, Japan and Scandinavia. I am keen the UK keeps up with the nations who are already out in front so we have a stake in its development to ensure we secure UK jobs for the entire process from the production and maintenance of the vehicles to building the infrastructure.”
The professor is indeed keen to the need for the UK to be at the forefront of hydrogen fuel cell development. In fact, in a separate but related piece of news the Greater Manchester Hydrogen Partnership has just been formed in order to advance the hydrogen technology interests in the Manchester region of the UK.
The Ride ‘N’ Drive for fleet managers only is a brilliant idea. Gathering 1,000 of the key decision makers in one arena is no easy feat, but if convinced of the value of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, then this will catapult sales and public acceptance in the quest for mainstream commercialization.