FIRST came the Riversimple Rasa hydrogen car, which has just been revealed at the London Motor Show – now comes a Riversimple hydrogen van concept.
Like the Riversimple Rasa, the Riversimple hydrogen van concept uses a fuel cell fuelled by hydrogen that produces only water from its tailpipe.
It makes the new hydrogen fuelled van ideal for users faced with air quality restrictions in urban delivery areas.
According to latest reports, as many as 40,000 people die each year as a result of air pollution, and much of the blame is being pointed at diesel engined vans and cars. It could lead to severe restrictions on diesel delivery vans in urban areas.
The Riversimple ownership model is based on a leasing subscription covering a flat charge on mileage, fuel, insurance and maintenance.
Based on its Rasa car programme, 20 Riversimple hydrogen vans will be leased to 20 delivery firms around a hydrogen outlet.
The Riversimple hydrogen van concept and the Rasa car have been designed by former Fiat 500 designer Chris Reitz. The car features aerodynamic carbon fibre panels produced in Norfolk and will be built in mid-Wales.