Riversimple introduces Rasa prototype two-seater fuel cell vehicle; 300 miles on 1.5kg H2; production version in 2018

Riversimple Movement Ltd. unveiled the Rasa, a road-legal engineering prototype of its first two-seater hydrogen fuel cell road car, built for full European type approval. (Earlier post.) Supported by a £2-million (US$2.9-million) grant from the Welsh government in 2015, the Rasa was designed for lightness, strength, affordability and safety.

Riversimple plans to offer the car to motorists through a “sale-of-service” model. For a fixed monthly fee and mileage allowance, similar in expenditure to leasing and running a new family-sized hatchback, the company will cover all repair, maintenance, insurance and fuel expenses. Customers will simply exchange or return the car at the end of the ownership period.


Led by Riversimple’s Founder, Hugo Spowers, the Rasa has been engineered by a team from carmakers, Formula 1 teams and aerospace engineering companies. Its lines were styled by Chris Reitz, one of Europe’s leading car designers.

With a total curb weight of 580 kg (1,279 lbs)—nearly half of a small car—it features a carbon composite chassis and only 18 moving parts in the entire powertrain. Riversimple will adopt an open-source approach to its technology and componentry to encourage the proliferation of its technology and economies of scale within the sector.

The Rasa uses a small 8.5kW fuel cell (the size currently used in forklift trucks, equivalent to 11 hp) to power the motors positioned in each of the four wheels. More than 50% of the kinetic energy produced under braking is recovered and turned into electricity to boost acceleration via a bank of super-capacitors.

The result is a range of up to 300 miles (483 kg) on 1.5kg of hydrogen and a top speed of 60 mph.

Starting later this year, following funding to match a €2-million (US$2.23 million) EU grant, Riversimple will be conducting a public 12-month Beta trial of 20 Rasa prototype cars as part of the continued development of the first full production model which will come to market in 2018.

It will be offered to individuals in a strategically planned phased roll-out by region in order to support a low risk, commercially practical introduction of profitable hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

Headquartered in Wales, Riversimple was founded in 2001 (under the previous name of OScar Automotive) by the Oxford and Cranfield University graduate, and automotive engineer, Hugo Spowers, with the primary purpose of “pursuing, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport.”

Collaborating with the Morgan Motor Company on their first hydrogen fuel cell car (“the LIFECar”) in 2008 (earlier post), Riversimple’s small “Hyrban” technology demonstrator was launched the following year (earlier post). The arrival of the company’s Rasa engineering prototype in 2016, sees Riversimple take a hydrogen-powered commuter car from the laboratory to the road in only 8 years.

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Riversimple Rasa is a fuel cell commuter car from Wales

Riversimple is a start-up car company based in Wales. It has just begun testing 20 prototypes of its new Rasa fuel cell commuter cars. The lightweight cars are manufactured from carbon fiber, have 4 in-wheel electric motors. They feature a rear hatchback for easy access to the interior and gullwing doors for both passengers. It [&hellip

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Mercedes-Benz selects SK Innovation as Li-ion battery cell supplier for EV projects

Korea-based SK Innovation announced that it has been selected as a Lithium-ion battery cell supplier for electric vehicle projects for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.

Battery cells supplied by SK Innovation will be formed into battery packs for use in future Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles. The SKI battery cells will be deployed in multiple electric vehicle models in diverse segments.

After doubling capacity in Seosan, Korea, SK Innovation is meeting increased orders with production running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SK Innovation is expecting to expand its manufacturing volume through additional projects with current customers and new business opportunities, in addition to the new orders from Daimler.

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Aston Martin partners with Chinese company to make RapidE by 2018

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Aston Martin now has a partnership with Chinese company LeEco to develop EV tech, and they hope to bring the RapidE electric sedan to production by 2018.

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High Octane Discussion at #RFANEC

nec16-panel-1With “Fueling a High Octane Future” as the theme for the 21st annual National Ethanol Conference, it was appropriate that the first panel focus on ethanol’s high octane properties and how they translate into high performance.

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper moderated a panel of experts including Brian West with Oak Ridge National Laboratory; MathPro president Dave Hirshfeld; and Tom Leone, Powertrain Research & Advanced Engineering for Ford Motor Company.

The discussion included the basics of what octane is, how octane is measured, and how ethanol fits into that equation. Listen to the panel here: NEC16 Octane/Performance Panel

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Aston Martin and LeEco partner to co-develop RapidE EV for market intro in 2018; potential to add Faraday Future

China-based technology company LeEco and Aston Martin have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) towards the creation of a partnership that will develop a production version of the Aston Martin RapidE electric vehicle concept—a fully electric version of the Rapide S four-door sports sedan. (Earlier post.)

The new partners anticipate working together in developing and manufacturing RapidE, with potential for adding a range of next-generation connected electric vehicles on behalf of Aston Martin, LeEco and Faraday Future. (Earlier post.)


This new signing extends the existing collaboration between the two companies. In January 2016, LeEco and Aston Martin revealed the first results of their partnership—an Aston Martin Rapide S incorporating the latest Letv Internet of the Vehicle (IOV) system.

The second area of the partnership—the development of low-emission vehicle technologies—has been accelerated as they have developed their respective plans for launching a range of new electric vehicles during the second half of the decade.

The Aston Martin RapidE concept was created to explore how the company can take an existing production vehicle and create an all-electric sports sedan. Since the creation of this concept vehicle, Aston Martin and Letv have been advancing the work on production feasibility including the identification of technology solutions for battery systems and powertrain.

Both companies are now focused on bringing the RapidE to market in 2018 utilizing the best technologies from the companies’ portfolios.

“Signing of this MOU ushers a new phase of the collaborations between Aston Martin and LeEco. LeEco’s SEE Plan is dedicated to build electric, smart, connected and socialized cars. We have been targeting the highest standard in the auto industry in terms of design, R&D and manufacturing of our electric cars.

—Ding Lei, co-founder and global vice chairman of SEE Plan

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Radio Flyer presents its electric Tesla For Kids starting at $499

Radio Flyer is introducing its Tesla For Kids electric toy car in partnership with Tesla Motors, which does not pay for advertising but is perfectly happy to have others do its advertising for it.

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New Data Debunks Clean Energy Claims by Apple, Amazon, Google

Recent claims by the owners of large data centers that a large part of their operations are powered by renewable energy have skeptics coming out of from under their solar panels. Now, there is hard data proving that such skepticism is valid.

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What Are We Going to Do About Oil?

Just last week, President Obama made headlines by floating a 10 dollar per barrel oil tax. This potential proposal needs to be the opening salvo in a renewed effort to move the country beyond oil, but the effort also needs to be more ambitious.

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The Environmental Case for Natural Gas and Renewable Energy

Very simply, renewable energy and natural gas have better environmental profiles when compared to coal. Although renewable energy is better than natural gas environmentally, both lead to significant reductions in air emissions and power plant water withdrawals.

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