Simms Medal for 2016 Awarded to Riversimple
The Club is proud to announce the recipient of the Simms Medal for 2016 is Riversimple for the development of the Rasa hydrogen fuel cell electric car.
Receiving the Simms Medal on behalf of Riversimple was the company’s founder, Hugo Spowers. Riversimple becomes only the ninth recipient of the Simms Medal, with previous winners including Richard Parry-Jones CBE in 2007 in recognition of his immense contribution to the UK and worldwide automotive industry; Ben Bowlby in 2012 for his ground-breaking DeltaWing racing car, and Lord Paul Drayson in 2013 for incredible and world record breaking achievements with the Drayson B12/69 LMP-type EV racing car.
Riversimple has developed the Rasa from the ground up as an affordable, usable and forward-thinking hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. The production prototype delivers on its promise of efficiency and sustainability, with a range of 300 miles from just 1.5kg of hydrogen. Weighing only 580kg and with a carefully honed aerodynamic body, the Riversimple Rasa returns the equivalent of 250mpg, zero tailpipe emissions and c.40g/km CO2 well-to-wheel.
Introducing the winner, Chairman of the Dewar and Simms Technical Committee, John Wood MBE said ‘The Riversimple Rasa perfectly represents the ‘spirit of technical endeavour’ that the Simms Medal is awarded for. The car in itself is a real innovation, and really captured the imagination of the whole motoring community in a way that other hydrogen-powered vehicles hadn’t. As well as its technical originality, Riversimple also has radical ideas about the way people ‘own’ its cars, insomuch as you’ll pay a monthly fee, including insurance, fuel and maintenance for a set period, rather than buying the car outright’.
Accepting the award, Hugo Spowers added, ‘The Riversimple team are delighted and honoured that their efforts to produce a car that is truly a breakthrough have been recognised. The Rasa has been designed specifically for hydrogen use with a completely different architecture to conventional or battery electric cars. We are confident that the Rasa can bring a momentous change in the way mobility is delivered and in the longer-term will have a global impact on the sustainability of personal transport.’