JLR developing a hydrogen SUV

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Words: NZ Autocar
29 Jun 2020

Jaguar Land Rover is working on a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in the shape of an SUV.

Called Project Zeus, the programme has backing from the UK Government. The public money is part of a £73.5m fund for R&D into reducing carbon emissions amongst UK-based manufacturers.

Others involved in Project Zeus include Delta Motorsport, Marelli Automotive Systems UK, and the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre.

But you’re probably thinking hydrogen-powered cars are just pipe dreams for us in NZ? Well, just last week, Taranaki-based Hiringa Energy signed a strategic alliance with Mitsui & Co, a global trading and investment company, to jointly pursue commercial hydrogen-related projects here. This includes a nationwide hydrogen refuelling network, due to come online in 2021.

Back to Project Zeus and the collaboration between the companies is hoped to fast-track development of the new vehicle which, according to official documents, will “deliver a zero tailpipe emissions premium fuel cell SUV concept with Jaguar Land Rover attributes, such as long range, quick refill, towing, off-road capabilities, and low-temperature performance.”

It’s also expected that the project will help “drive significant growth and capability in fuel cell electric vehicle design and manufacturing, providing a competitive edge in intellectual property and supply chain for the UK.”

No word on when to expect this new hydrogen-powered machine though.


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