H2O e-mobile: Elano FC

The German company H2O e-mobile GmbH has been converting French designed Ligier and MicroCar ‘M.GO’ vehicles since 2006. Three types have been developed up to now as battery-only vehicles. The addition of a fuel cell range extender is currently under way. The vehicles are fully road certified and supply passenger safety through a concept of a stiffened aluminium ‘cage’. The hull is made of thermo-plastic that can be easily moulded into any desired shape. All materials are highly recyclable.

Ligier also offers a small transport vehicle which will be included in future production planning. The use of an existing, robust vehicle platform allows the partners to keep costs low and concentrate the development work on the electric power-train.

The ElanoFC vehicles are designed to be robust and energy efficient. They are two-seaters with reasonable loading space as required for inner-city transport. The battery version has a range of around 50 km at a maximum speed of 80 km/h with a lead fleece battery. It qualifies for the 400 kg weight limit of the L7E vehicle class. A lithium-ion battery version with a prospective range of up to 120 km is currently in the testing phase. The hydrogen version is slightly heavier and will extend the range to around 150 to 250 km. In order to be as independent as possible from the existence of a hydrogen filling station infrastructure, the vehicles are battery plug-ins and can also be equipped with exchangeable tanks or cartridges that can be replaced for recharged containers at selected gas retailers.

ElanoFC: Vehicle Specifications

Car body:

  • 2-seated lightweight vehicle
  • large boot
  • body of plastic material mounted on metal framework
  • Mc Pherson suspension on front
  • disk brakes
  • aluminium wheels
  • automatic headlights
  • programmable heating

Equipped with:

  • Airbag
  • tinted glass
  • central locking system
  • parktronic‘ system
  • multiple adjustable leather seats
  • exterior mirror adjustable from inside
  • indicators in front and on side of wing range
  • range 250 to 350 km


  • in prototype phase
  • electrical engine 15 kW
  • 290 Nm torque
  • vmax. 120 km/h regenerative braking
  • continuous gear
  • energy demand 30- 45 kWh/100 km (1 – 1.5 kg H2 / 100 km)
  • CO2 emissions: down to 0 g/km (depending on source of hydrogen)
  • pressurised tank 350 or 700 bar,
  • OR 2 exchangable ‚cartridge‘ type tanks,
  • OR 4 metal hydride tanks (reduced


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