Following a preview earlier this week, Riversimple has unveiled the Rasa hydrogen-powered vehicle.

Described as a "road-legal engineering prototype," the Rasa is a compact coupe which features an extremely aerodynamic design.  While it's not exactly pretty, the model has a front splitter, rear wheel covers, and unique doors that open forward and upwards.

The two-seat interior is relatively basic and features a three-spoke steering wheel, gloss black accents, and a minimalistic instrument cluster.

The Rasa rides on a carbon composite chassis and weighs just 1,279 pounds.  It features an 8.5 kilowatt fuel cell which powers an electric motor that enables the car to hit a top speed of 60 miles per hour and have a range of up to 300 miles.  The company went on to say the model will return the equivalent of 250 miles per gallon and have CO2 emissions of approximately 64.37 grams per mile.

Riversimple will begin conducting a public trial of 20 Rasa prototypes later this year and information collected from the trails will be used to further develop the production model which is slated to be launched in 2018.  The production Rasa will be offered through a unique “sale of service” agreement where customers essentially lease the car while Riversimple covers repair, maintenance, insurance, and fuel costs.

Gallery: Riversimple Rasa hydrogen-powered vehicle unveiled

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