Autocar Notebook: Fisker’s Houdini Trunk and JCB’s Hydrogen Future Car News

This week we take a look at new storage solutions from Fisker and discuss the future of hydrogen from JCB.

Emergency hatch

Forget the Ford Puma’s useful ‘Megabox’ under the trunk floor: Fisker says its next Pear EV will have the world’s first ‘Houdini trunk’.

Described as “an alternative to traditional rear load hatches”, it’s part of a series of features that aim to make the sub-$29,000 (roughly under £23,000) Pear one of the best cars spacious in its segment – and Fisker will tell us more about how it works ahead of the reveal.

The Cupra rival Urban Rebel will be unveiled in the second half of 2023 before going on sale in 2024 with a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive and a range of up to 310 miles.

Scoop of the year

JCB strongly believes that hydrogen combustion is a viable alternative to total electrification in the battle to decarbonise the construction industry – and it aimed to prove this point with a fully functional hydrogen excavator prototype taking part in the parade of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Along The Mall.

“So much has happened in the last seven decades and the jubilee has now drawn attention to the need to take better care of the environment in the future,” said the company boss, Lord Anthony Bamford.

The company has a number of these prototypes in use and has invested £100m in a hydrogen engine development programme.

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This notice was published: 2022-06-20 23:01:25

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