Hyundai ix35 FCEV in Euro trial; EV charging at Little Chefs; the Coffee Car and more

October 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Some more news for y’all. Hyundai’s ix35 FCEV prototype is off to Europe – it’s been selected by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a European Commission-backed body, to demonstrate and test hydrogen fuel cell technology in real-world trials. It will be test-driven by Members of European Parliament, commissioners, EU officials and other policymakers in Brussels until March 2012. Hyundai plans to have 30 prototypes in action around Europe by next year, with a view to production of fuel cell vehicles by 2015.

  • The Little Chef chain of roadside restaurants (the Heston Blumenthal-tweaked one aside, I use the term advisedly) is going to roll out 126 EV chargers in its car parks by February 2012, reports The Green Car Website. Little Chef says that this means that 90% of the UK will be no further than 30 miles from one of their fast-chargers, and all 162 UK outlets will get a charger by the end of next year. Charging will be free until December 2012.
  • The wonderfully-named Tranquility Park Garage, Houston, is the largest EV charging facility in the USA, according to Green Car Reports. It’s got 28 chargers, a nice touch in a city built by oil.
  • Talk about caffeine-fuelled: a team of conservation volunteers from Durham converted a Rover SD1 to run on waste coffee grounds, via a process of biomass gasification. And they broke a speed record: the Coffee Car managed 66.5mph, a new high for a car powered by organic waste, despite its huge gas tank weighing it down in the rear. Full story – and video – at Gizmag.
  • This week’s archive EV video clip at The Charging Point: David Coulthard drives the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell.
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