Alfa investigates hydrogen power

The H2moves Scandinavia includes 17 cars, including the Alfa superminis, and an extensive hydrogen cell refuelling structure. The cars will be used as transport around Norway over the next few years as part of the project.

The Alfa MiTo Fuel Cell car, which can reach a top speed of 93mph and has a 0-62mph sprint time of ten seconds, was chosen because it is lightweight, adaptable and is already home to CO2-reducing technologies thanks to the efficient MultiAir engines.

Hydrogen-fuelled models are capable of achieving the equivalent of 74mpg but returns zero carbon emissions.

The MiTo models represent a first for the Italian manufacturer, whose owners Fiat plan to introduce electric versions of the Fiat 500 in the next two years in the US.

Alfa Romeo has not announced plans to introduce hydrogen technology in any of its vehicles, instead it has focused on more efficient and cleaner engines, such as the Fiat MultiAir engine used in the MiTo, which won the Best New Engine title at the International Engine Awards.

Hydrogen-powered vehicles remain rare because of the cost of infrastructure and potential effect of the expensive powertrain technology on the car’s eventual price.

Despite the concerns, the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking Program have partnered to explore the possibility of using the technology in the one billion euro scheme.