Big things with little cars

Mike Strizki helped design the 2002 Peugeot H2O hydrogen fuel cell fire engine concept for use in areas within towns and cities that may be difficult for large firefighting vehicles to access. The H2O is an electric vehicle with batteries, fitted with an auxiliary fuel cell which provides a continuous source of electrical energy to supply various emergency items of equipment such as the pumps, smoke extractors, communication systems, and electric sockets.


The fuel cell fire engine’s only waste product is water, with no other emissions or pollutants. To allow the H2O to continue to operate in situations where visibility might be severely reduced due to smoke, the vehicle is fitted with proximity sensors in the bumpers and a radar system incorporated in the front panel. The Peugeot H2O is a fully operational fire-fighting vehicle, equipped with suitable technological equipment and developed with insight from actual firefighters.

The vehicle is designed for two people, with a water tank in the rear and telescopic ladder located across the top. The rear storage compartments are hidden by metal screens and on the left hand side there are two handles and steps for easy access to the top of the vehicle.


The interior features a touch screen, telephone and GPS system. In front of the passenger is a second screen linked to a PC which displays maps of large buildings. Between the two front seats are the handbrake and controls for operating the ladder. The seats are finished in Neoprene. On the door panels, metal frames are fitted with compartments to hold various firefighting equipment.


Although the Peugeot H2O never made it to mass production, the two concept vehicles that were made were last seen operating in the famous underwater Chunnel Tunnel that connects France and the United Kingdom. The model is from the 3” Norev range.

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