Peugeot 207 Epure
The Peugeot 207 EPure is a convertible concept hydrogen fuel cell car that was unveiled in 2006 at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2006 (Paris Motor Show). The Peugeot 207 EPure is a collaboration between Peugeot, Citroen and the Atomic Energy Commission in France.
Now, imagine yourself showing off your pearly whites in this pearl white convertible, with white leather interior, wind blowing through your hair as you accelerate down the highway of life. The car is not a speedster as it will only accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in about 15 seconds, but the air left behind will be clean as the Genepac 20 kw fuel cell only puts out a little steam in this zero emissions vehicle.
The fuel cell serves to power the electric motor directly and recharge the batteries. It is made from thinly stamped stainless steel plates in two modules, which greatly reduce the price compared to other PEM fuel cells.
The Peugeot 207 EPure is truly a green vehicle as the carpeting and accents are accentuated in color of absinthe. If you look inside the trunk, you’ll find five 15-liter 10,000 psi compressed hydrogen cylinders lined up, ready for refueling.
Powered by 95 bhp electric motor and a 50 kw lithium-ion battery pack, the Peugeot 207 EPure is able to accelerate to 81 mph with a range of approximately 218 miles. The concept of the Peugeot 207 EPure concept is freedom on the open road and this is not only attained by the futuristic fuel cell convertible in technology but with simple added touches such as the Pitlane alloy wheels and chrome detailing.
The instrument panel on the Peugeot 207 EPure lets the driver know at the glance the quantity of hydrogen left in the tanks and the charge level in the batteries. The center console displays the flow of electricity between fuel cell, battery and motor.
The front grill of the Peugeot 207 EPure may look as if its got a huge smile on its face. This is with good reason since the Peugeot 207 EPure is the first fuel cell convertible displayed by a major automaker and if there are any pearls of wisdom to be taken from this vehicle its that the future is very bright for sporty green hydrogen cars.
Written by Hydro Kevin Kantola