Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on January 17, 2009
The word “life” connotes health and vitality, among other things. Not the sort of word I’d generally use to describe a car, but the designers at The Morgan Motor company apparently have a different opinion. And why not, given that their slogan is “traditional meets cutting edge” and that the car in question is poised to breathe new life into the eco driving experience?
Expected to be unveiled at this month’s Geneva Auto Show, the hydrogen powered Morgan Life Car promises to be both fun to drive and forward thinking. According to the company’s website, the Life Car’s “combination of performance, range and fuel economy will allow a sporting driver of the future to demonstrate a concern for the environment.”
Vowing to take vehicle architecture a step further, the light-weight concept car will be powered by an advanced fuel cell hybrid power train that will both “minimize the fuel cell cost and provide the fuel economy for a 200 mile range.” With a top speed of 100 mph, the car will utilize a row of ultracapacitors that are recharged by the vehicle’s braking system.
Inspired by their Aero-8 Roadster, the Life Car was created with the help of Oscar Automotive, Cranfield University, QinetiQ, Oxford University and Linde AG, with funding provided by the UK government.
Further details will hopefully be available after the Geneva show.
One curious bit of information: some reports have stated that, in order to boost efficiency, the company has done away with luxuries like the radio and power locks as well as safety features like airbags. Not sure if this is accurate — but if it is, the latter omission seems to be slightly out of line with the vehicle’s healthy and vital “life” connotation.
Just thought I’d point that out.