The conversion features a 2.3 litre four cylinder petrol engine, to which is added a belt-driven supercharger with intercooler. This provides additional combustion air under pressure when the fuel mode switch is selected to hydrogen only. The engine retains its conventional spark ignition system.
A MotoHawk control system is used for the hydrogen fuelled engine control. The hydrogen fuel is stored in three tanks below the vehicle floor. This installation gives an estimated range between 85 miles for the urban cycle and 100 miles for open highway running. Importantly, the location and configuration of the tanks allows the retention of the volume and load height of the base vehicle, with no intrusion or interference within the load space. The advantage of bi-fuel is that the vehicle can run on existing gasoline infrastructure whilst a hydrogen fuel infrastructure is established.
Automotive Mechatronics Ltd supplied MotoHawk control for the bi-fuel demonstrator vehicles partly funded by Cenex and the Technology Strategy Board.
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Automotive Mechatronics Ltd provides products and services for the control and calibration of low carbon and hybrid electric vehicles.Automotive Mechatronics Press Release 101001