Riversimple is providing a glimpse of its engineering prototype featuring a hydrogen powertrain that will be revealed in full on Wednesday.

With an R&D center in Wales and a design studio in Barcelona, Riversimple is getting ready to introduce its first hydrogen-powered road car. For those of you who haven't heard of Riversimple, it's actually a consortium of SWARM (Demonstration of Small 4-wheel fuel cell passenger vehicle Applications in Regional and Municipal transport).

The consortium was granted FCH-JU (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking) research funding by the European Union.

The engineering prototype will take the shape of a two-seater offering a “simple and spacious interior” and what appears to be a fairly interesting exterior design. Riversimple says the car will be “light to handle, responsive and fun to drive” thanks to its hydrogen power granting a sprint to 55 miles (89 kilometers) per hour in nine seconds.

It will be able to return the equivalent of 250 miles per gallon and will need a mere three minutes for a full recharge. With the hydrogen tank 100% full, the vehicle will cover up to 300 miles (483 km).

Following the introducing of an engineering prototype, Riversimple will commence a 12-month beta test for 20 cars. If everything goes according to plan, the hydrogen vehicle will morph into a production model right after the trial period.

Source: Riversimple

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