Riversimple Wants to Build Two More Body Styles of Its Fuel Cell Vehicle

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Riversimple, a British company that wants to build and sell fuel cell vehicles, has announced two new models.
The startup has already showcased its first design, the Rasa, penned by Chris Reitz, the man behind the figure of the modern Fiat 500. Mr. Reitz also worked for brands like Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo, Audi, and Nissan.

You might have seen some concepts and production cars drawn by him, like the 2004 Nissan Qashqai Concept, 2003 Nissan Evalia, 2002 Nissan Micra C+C, and the 2001 Nissan CrossBow.

However, the Riversimple Rasa will come to market in 2018, so there’s time to wait until the startup launches two new models. Until then, the company has presented a few digitally rendered images of its design concepts.

While the van looks like a commercial vehicle with a twist, the four-seater reminds us of the original Citroen DS and modern cars like the first-generation Honda Insight.

Regarding the new cars, Autocar has learned that one of them will be a four-seater, while the other is a van. Both were announced at this year’s London Auto Show, an event that was revived in 2016. According to the corporation, both new models will take inspiration from the Rasa, a sleek coupe.

Riversimple will begin the beta testing program of the Rasa later this year, and will continue the project well into 2017. While mainstream automakers like Honda and Toyota will provide European customers with commercially available hydrogen fuel cell vehicles this year, Riversimple brings a different strategy to the market.

The British startup wants to build cars with a “reduced well-to-wheel CO2 output.” The concept mentioned above refers to designing a vehicle or even a product that is produced in a sustainable way and with as less carbon dioxide emissions as possible.

The second step of the idea involves using the vehicle, which should also be carbon-neutral, while the recycling stage and final step consist in ensuring that the product can and is recycled properly, with minimal CO2 emissions.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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