Midweek newsbriefs

January 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Announcement of the day: the £400million government-backed UKH2Mobility programme, involving 13 companies. It’ll investigate the future of fuel cell vehicles, the necessary infrastructure for refuelling and what the UK needs to do to be at the forefront of the ‘hydrogen economy’. Participating firms include Toyota, Daimler, Vauxhall and Nissan.

  • The French government, meanwhile, is funding a project called e-MECA to develop high power density solutions for motor-generators. It’s coordinated by Valeo and will run for three years. More at Green Car Congress.
  • Volkswagen E-Bugster (pictured) is a “serious proposal” for production, reports Autocar.
  • Renault is running an EV-related design competition for students – and the first prize is a year’s-worth (up to £9000) of tuition fees paid. Second prize is a weekend for two in Paris. Check out http://www.designatwizy.co.uk for the lowdown; Renault will also be taking the Twizy on a campus tour, going to University College London, Birmingham City Uni, Manchester Metropolitan and Glasgow Uni next month to promote the two-seat city EV as a student transport solution.

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