Peugeot H2Origin Review (2008)
The Peugeot H2O is the place where a child's dreams meet those of an engineer: behind the theme of a fi re engine, it aims to provide a solution to the problem of storing hydrogen by producing it on demand on the vehicle itself, by means of an aqueous solution of sodium borohydride.
H2O is not just a futurist fire prevention vehicle produced by the creative people at Peugeot. H2O produces electricity and water using fuel cell battery technology. Hidden underneath the playful and dynamic appearance of a fire engine lies a very innovative propulsion method. H2O, built on a Partner Electric base, uses the fuel cell battery as a source of on-board energy and features a major innovation for this technology: the hydrogen is produced in real time, based on the system's needs, which means it can overcome the problems associated with storing pressurized hydrogen.
|Peugeot H2Origin |
|Intelligent Energy ||10 kw|
|0-100 km ||--|
|Top speed ||--|
|Range ||300 km|
Intelligent Energy's systems engineering teams worked closely with their counterparts at PSA to successfully address the formidable challenges of designing the fuel cell system to fit the very limited available space in the vehicle and of having the battery system communicate effectively with the fuel cell system and in turn with the driver's controls. Both fuel cell and batteries supply the electric motor. The batteries are recharged by both the fuel cell and regenerative breaking when the vehicle is in use or by a plug-in charging arrangement when parked. The fueling of the H2Origin isachieved by the use of compressed hydrogen, securely stored in an exchangeable rack, which provides a practical alternative to refuelling at a traditional fuel station and is suited to fleet vehicle operation.
With its generously proportioned air intake, feline-shaped lights and plunging muzzle-like bonnet, the front of the vehicle is strongly identified with the Lion. The rear is reserved for the tank and a telescopic ladder. At the bottom of the rear end panel, instead of the exhaust (no longer needed) there are two connections for the water feed or the branch pipe. Naturally, the colour is "fire engine red", reflected in the interior with nicely matching touches of metal.
The cabin is designed for 2 firemen and to hold modern command and operating equipment, such as GPS, telephone and a touch screen on the dashboard. A second screen is linked to a PC and shows the map of the buildings.