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Morgan's zero emissions, zero-chance-of-production LifeCar

Morgan's zero emissions, zero-chance-of-production LifeCar

The Morgan LifeCar emits nothing but vapor. CNET Networks

Hydrogen fuel-cell projects are usually only the realm of global automakers such as General Motors, Ford Motor, and Honda, with enormous R&D budgets and a few thousand spare engineers. Boutique British carmaker Morgan is bucking the trend, however, with the unveiling of its LifeCar fuel-cell vehicle here in Geneva. The car is powered by four electric motor/generators, which in turn are driven by electricity from a four-stack hydrogen PEM fuel cell provided by QinetiQ, a British defense technology company. Morgan claims that the LifeCar differentiates itself from other fuel-cell cars through improved efficiencies: the fuel cell is designed to meet cruising-speed engine demand, while the car's regenerative braking system is apparently up to five times more efficient at converting energy into electricity, thanks to the use of ultra-capacitors. According to Morgan, the LifeCar gets an equivalent of 150 mpg, a maximum range of 250 miles, and has a top speed of 80 mph to 85 mph. This last statistic is a pity: if it could make it to 88 mph, it could probably go back in time as well.

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