In this week’s round-up of automotive gossip, we hear how hydrogen has range and could soon have a network, and why Ferrari is so original and much more.
Hydrogen’s range benefit
Hydrogen fuel cells powering goods vehicles is an inevitability, and there’s no chicken-and-egg issue between the trucks and their supporting infrastructure, according to Volvo Group tech chief Lars Stenqvist. He said: “One of the benefits of hydrogen is range, so the challenge of building up a network isn’t that scary. By 2025, there will be 300 to 500 stations, and by 2030 there will be 1000, which will be sufficient to kick it off.”
Ferrari’s engine coincidence
The V6 in Ferrari’s new 296 GTB has identical bore and stroke to the V6 in the Maserati MC20, but chief technical officer Michael Leiters is adamant that the two are unrelated. “Ferrari doesn’t copy anybody or take over anything from others,” he said. “This stroke has been typical for Ferrari for years, and we didn’t have the necessity to collaborate on something like that.”
Stellantis looks to future
Britain’s new car output remains more than 50% down on pre-pandemic levels, but Stellantis UK boss Alison Jones is focused on the future, not quickly restoring production rates. “The priority is to grow our businesses in a way that works for our customers and retailer network,” she said. “We’ve spoken about the technology that we need to achieve our economic situation of selling vehicles from 2030 that are zero emissions or plug-in hybrid, and that’s our priority.”
Koenigsegg volcano fuel
Koenigsegg is famous for making off-the-wall ideas work, but volcano fuel? Yep: as the hypercar firm doubles its scale in the coming years, it plans to use CO2 emitted by semi-active volcanoes to create the biofuel Vulcanol.