8.2.2019Riversimple wins £1.25m in funding to build more Rasa FCEVs
Riversimple has been awarded £1.25 million of government funding, to support the production of a fleet of 20 Rasa hydrogen fuel cell test vehicles.
The Welsh manufacturer has developed the ultra-efficient hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), and the new grant will be used to build 17 test models, with three other Rasa in existence already.
The fleet will make up Riversimple's public trials, with the project being carried out over 12 months in Monmouthshire, including the installation of a hydrogen filling station in Abergavenny.
Involving 200 testers from domestic households, businesses, car clubs, and councils, these drivers will provide data and personal insight that will be fed back to further develop the compact two-seater, ahead of full production.
Riversimple will not sell any Rasa, instead working on an all-inclusive set-up, where lease, service, fuel, tax, and insurance costs are bundled together in one package. The range on a tank is around 300 miles, and refuelling is completed in a few minutes. The focus on efficiency - involving a super-lightweight chassis, and four electric motors, mounted one at each wheel - means the Rasa has a better 'well-to-wheel' emissions profile than even the most efficient pure-electric car.
Founder and Chief Engineer of Riversimple, Hugo Spowers said: "This funding award will support us to complete our first production run of the Riversimple Rasa. In partnership with Monmouthshire County Council these cars will form part of the pioneering Clean Mobility Trial which will see 12 months of user testing allowing us to improve our customer offer and to promote localised refuelling infrastructure.
"We are also hopeful that, following the trial, other local authorities will engage with us to explore similar deployments of Riversimple vehicles in their local areas."
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), which awarded the funding, said: "The innovative technology these vehicles use has long range (300+ miles) and fast refuelling (3-5 minutes) capability, and will support the Industrial Strategy Future of Mobility Grand Challenge to place the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles."