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.