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19 Jun 2009 04:06:03

Riverside Urban hydrogen car unveiled in UK



Riverside Urban hydrogen car unveiled in UK
A hydrogen fuel cell-powered car designed by British students has taken to the road.

Designs of the Riversimple Urban, which was built for city transport, will be made freely available online and manufacturers around the world have been encouraged to build their own models.

The environmentally-friendly 'open-source' car is capable of reaching a top speed of 50mph and can travel 240 miles before it needs to be refuelled.

Unveiled at Somerset House in London, the hydrogen-powered vehicle emits 30g of carbon dioxide for every kilometer travelled making it twice as green as the G-Wiz, according to What Car? magazine.

It is intended that the Riversimple Urban will go into production by 2013 with leasing deals including fuel and repair expenses to be offered at a monthly cost of £200.

The market for green vehicles has picked up momentum in recent months.

In April, the government pledged to provide drivers with up to £5,000 of subsidies if they opted to buy an electric-powered car.

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