The Morgan Lifecar Hydrogen Sportster

One of the most glittering pieces of eye candy at the Geneva Motor Show this week is a hydrogen fuel-cell roadster built by British automaker Morgan. The Lifecar (for Lightweight Fuel Efficient Car) concept delivers the experience of a high-performance sports coupe while producing zero emissions at the tailpipe. It has a top speed of 100 miles per hour and can launch from zero to 60 in about seven seconds.

The Lifecar’s propulsion comes from a smaller-than-usual fuel cell that powers four independent electric wheel motors. Engineers used a powerful regenerative braking system that stores energy in ultracapacitors in order to downsize the fuel cell. Unlike most vehicles of its kind, Morgan designed the vehicle around the fuel cells, rather than fitting the fuel cells into a space designed for a gasoline engine.

The Lifecar’s uses lightweight materials—in a design modified from Morgan’s Aero 8 all-aluminum chassis—in order to achieve a high level of efficiency. Extra equipment is kept to a minimum in a deliberate effort to reduce weight. The Lifecar, which doesn’t have a stereo system, weight approximately 1,550 pounds.

Of course, the hydrogen infrastructure problem still exists, and will have a big impact on the viability of the Lifecar. The vehicle is in the developmental phase and will run its first test drive later this year.

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  • Coolyah

    This car embodies the genuine attributes of a classic car with a futuristic touch. And hopefully, the Morgan Lifecar hydrogen-powered roadster will roll into production. For me, this car along with VW’s Sirocco, CTS Coupe concept with its matching Cadillac head gasket, is Geneva’s cream of the crop.

  • Skeptic

    Zzzzz. Vaporware. Good to testbed fuel-cell stuff, I guess, but until there are actually hydrogen stations everywhere, it’s just pretend. Hell, you can barely get E-85 in most places!

    “The Hydrogen Economy … from the same folks that brought you Mission Accomplished”

  • Nova s

    I’ve always wondered why a small tank, similar in design to a propane tank, could be purchased and installed by way of screw into a valve. It works fine on my grill compressing the gas into a small tank, I don’t see why the same idea could not be used for Hydrogen.

  • Lucien Lenoire

    $The gasoline infrastructure we all depend on for fuel for our cars did not exist in 1900. I think we will see a hydrogen infrastrucdture being constructed in the not too distant future. As far as price is concerned, the average car in 1900 was hand built and probably cost the equivalent of $75,000 to $100,000 in todays dollars. The application of mass production brought auto prices down to the current $15,000 to $35,000. When mass production is applied to the Fuel cell, ultracapacitor car, that price will also come down. Possibly as soon as ten years from now, you would be able to buy such a vehicle for the same price as a gasoline engine car.

  • Roocy

    No Doubt about the Morgan is good car at its all feature & functions are good, but the most thing i like about this car is its look like an Antique Cars & Old Cars of 1950. i am sure only this thing make its very popular.