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ACAL Energy and Gordon Murray Design to develop affordable fuel cell vehicle concept

06 July 2011

ACAL Energy has announced that it is partnering with automotive design experts Gordon Murray Design in a 12-month project to design a very low cost, durable fuel cell vehicle utilising the former's innovative Flowcath fuel cell technology. The 12-month project is funded by the Technology Strategy Board under its Low Carbon Vehicle programme. The study will be led by Gordon Murray Design.

ACAL Energy's fuel cell power modules based on its Flowcath system
ACAL Energy's fuel cell power modules based on its Flowcath system

The project will combine ACAL Energy’s novel Flowcath technology that significantly reduces the cost and improves the durability of a fuel cell engine, with Gordon Murray Design’s award winning iStream concept, which allows for fast, low cost production of lightweight vehicles. Together, these British innovations could make carbon emission-free fuel cell autos affordable to buyers in both developed and emerging markets.
Andrew Everett, Head of Transport at the Technology Strategy Board, said that the Low Carbon Vehicle Integrated Delivery Programme aims to draw out innovative technologies being developed within the UK that “have the potential to redefine the current automotive industry view”.

Dr SB Cha, CEO of ACAL Energy said of the partnership: “We are very excited to be working with the team at Gordon Murray Design on this important project.  Without carbon emission free vehicles that are affordable in both developed and developing countries, we will not address one of the core drivers of climate change.

"By combining a low cost fuel cell engine with a lightweight auto platform and a low cost production process, ACAL Energy and Gordon Murray Design aim to show that carbon emission-free fuel cell autos can be an affordable alternative to petroleum fuelled cars, especially for the millions of new buyers in developing countries that will enter the market over the coming decade."

The news of this project comes on the heels of ACAL Energy’s announcement that it had completed its current fund raising round, securing total investments of £6.1m.

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