Morgan Cars with Fuel Cells and Ultracapacitors
Written by Greg Allen   
Monday, 10 March 2008

As we move closer to true hybrid electric vehicles that have zero emissions, I just noticed where Morgan Motors has developed a concept car called Life Car.  Morgan Car - LifeCarThe Morgan LifeCar was launched for the Geneva Car Show.  This new vehicle will shatter the Morgan reputation as just "old fashioned" cars and vehicles.   The LifeCar is a beautiful fuel cell powered car that will go from 0-60 in seven seconds. 

Did I happen to mention that it's fuel cell will be backed up by a series of ultracapacitors?  The ultracaps will be charged by the vehicles regenerative braking system.  I think I just wrote an article on this exact concept a few weeks ago... THIS will be our new vehicle trend.

The LifeCar’s purpose is to demonstrate that a zero emission vehicle can also be fun to drive.  The combination of performance, range and fuel economy will allow a sporting driver of the future to demonstrate a concern for the environment.

 

Going far beyond the incremental adaptation of traditional car designs as seen in current hybrid vehicles, it will demonstrate that a new step in vehicle architecture is enabled by the use of a fuel cell hybrid power train.

 

Their approach was to design a system which the architecture is generated from the characteristics of the fuel cell, in a light-weight vehicle coupled with a high hybridization level.  This combination will minimize the fuel cell cost and provide the fuel economy for a 200 mile range.  A specific objective of the LifeCar project was to lower the current entry barriers for a vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell as (well as ultracapacitors).

 

I look forward to seeing this on the road.. hopefully in front of my house =)

Greg

 

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Readers have left 4 comments.
 No.1  Untitled
what a beautiful car
Guest (Unregistered) • 2008-03-10 21:41:53
 No.2  Looks expensive too
Hey Greg,

Can you afford one of these when they come out?
Michael C (Unregistered) • 2008-07-08 11:47:40
 No.3  Untitled
Hey Michael - I wish I could afford one..I don't think I can yet. I am looking forward to seeing some cool cars like this from US automakers.. I know that day is coming soon.

Greg
Greg (Super Administrator) • 2008-07-08 11:50:41
 No.4  US Ultra car
Greg,

Have a look at the Tesla Roadster; 0-100 kph in 4.5 seconds range of about 400 Km on ultracaps and beeeeeeautiful.
Paul R (Unregistered) • 2008-07-22 04:07:35
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