Lightweight fuel cell vehicle enables green mobility: Page 2 of 2

October 05, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Lightweight fuel cell vehicle enables green mobility
In order to come a step closer to the goal of resource-saving, safe mobility, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has developed a small and particularly light vehicle. The design goals were low weight without compromising safety. Now the Safe Light Regional Vehicle (SLRV) had its first ride.
now, structures made of sandwich materials have not yet been used in the series production of vehicles. DLR has demonstrated their potential and is now working on optimising the associated production technologies.

With its futuristic, sporty design, the two-seater, weighing around 450 kilograms, is a fully-fledged vehicle in the L7e class. The SLRV is suitable, for example, as a commuter car, as a feeder in local public transport or as a car-sharing vehicle - especially in peripheral urban areas or in out-of-town areas. It can supplement public transport in suburban or rural areas, can be used as a second car and is well suited for car-sharing services thanks to its fast hydrogen refuelling.

In terms of acquisition costs, the SLRV team currently estimates the cost at around 15,000 euros. With a mileage of 300,000 kilometres, this results in a price of around 10 cents per kilometre for a service life of ten years.

In the large-scale Next Generation Car (NGC) project, a total of 20 DLR institutes are jointly developing technologies for road vehicles of the next generation but one. In addition to the SLRV, there are two other vehicle concepts that also take account of the megatrend of urbanisation: the Urban Modular Vehicle (UMV ) as a modularly designed city car for private and commercial users, and the Inter Urban Vehicle (IUV) designed for longer distances between conurbations.

More information: https://www.dlr.de/EN/Home/home_node.html

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