Riversimple Rasa hydrogen car will be tested in 2020October 30, 2019
The British startup rents 20 copies of a two-seater car on fuel cells.
Tests of the Rasimple Rasa hydrogen will begin next spring, ahead of the expected market launch in 2022. 20 cars will participate in the tests, and the tests will take place in Monmouthshire, Wales, where a British startup company invested in a hydrogen gas station in Abergavenny.
Registered users include five operators, each of whom will manage Rasa for several months, two car-sharing companies and 280 retail customers. Each of the last groups will receive a car rental for only a month, since the founder of Riversimple Hugo Powers wants as many people as possible to try the car. These customers will pay £ 370 per month and 18 pence per mile. Spaurs hopes to maintain this price when Rasa reaches mass production.
“These are estimated prices that we think will appear on the market. It compares with the cost of owning a Volkswagen Golf diesel of the lowest class. The test is intended to clarify the customer’s offer and demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of gas stations. We want to work with Shell further to demonstrate effectiveness. We also want to showcase the project to other local councils and the government. We want to focus on such an extension. Instead of embracing the UK, we will focus on different areas, ”said Powers.
The lightweight Rasa is claimed to have a consumption of approximately 250 mpg and a 300 mile distance from 1.5 kg of hydrogen. It uses a fuel cell that combines hydrogen with oxygen to form water and electricity. This electricity drives four engines. From zero to hundreds, the model can accelerate in 9.5 s and reach speeds of up to 75 mph.
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