Professor John Jostins

MY RESEARCH VISION

I have been researching into alternative, zero emissions transport and new mobility since 1996, focusing on designs for vehicles for urban scenarios where congestion and air quality tend to be worst. In that time I have founded a new enterprise called Microcab Industries Ltd. (an SME) as an umbrella under which designs can be realised, funding can be applied for and Public Relations and other outputs can be delivered. Concentrating on hydrogen fuel cell electric drivetrains married to lean weight vehicle structures, 3 complete vehicle designs and a total of 14 operational vehicles have been built and demonstrated in trials.

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Professor of Sustainable Transport and Design

Building: Parkside

Email: john.jostins@coventry.ac.uk

BIOGRAPHY

I have a BA Fine Art and MA Design and Digital Media. My industrial experience includes working in motorsport and special effects in the film industry. From 1995 I became interested in sustainable design and was prompted (by the poor air quality in London where I was working) to start investigations into urban transport. Experience in motorsport gave me a good background in engineering lightweight structures and this, coupled with an interest in electric drive and hydrogen fuel cells allowed me to pursue the goal of designing useful urban mobility devices with zero emissions. Air quality remains problematic across the world, so the imperative is still there. Key successes:

DTi SMART award for first fuel cell design 2001

DTi R&D Grant for a second new design 2004

HFCCAT funding (2007) for hydrogen station and 5 Microcabs trialled on University of Birmingham campus.

Niche Vehicle Network grant for the design of H2EV vehicle in 2009,

Joining UK government’s CABLED trials 2011, only fuel cell vehicle therein.

Nominated for Conde Nast Innovation in Transport Award 2012

Joining the EU SWARM hydrogen fuel cell vehicle program, UK, Belgium, Germany 2013

Signing MoU with South Africa for joint fuel cell vehicle development 2013

SELECTED OUTPUTS

  • Kendall, K., Pollet, B.G., Dhir, A., Staffell, I., Millington, B., and Jostins, J. (2011) 'Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles (HFCHV) for Birmingham Campus'. Journal of Power Sources 196 (1), 325-330. 
  • Kendall, K.,  Pollett, B., and Jostins, J.  (2008) 'Hydrogen Hybrid Vehicles for University of Birmingham Campus'. Proceedings of the Hybrid and Eco-Friendly Vehicle Conference, 2008, 'IET HEVC 2008'. Held 08-09 Dec 2008 in Coventry, UK
  •  Kendall, K., Pollet, B.G., Dhir, A., Staffell, I., Millington, B., and Jostins, J. (2011) 'Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles (HFCHV) for Birmingham Campus'. Journal of Power Sources 196 (1), 325-330.
  •  Kendal, K., and Jostins, J.E. (2008) One UB Fleet Vehicle on Show. 'Hybrid Electric Vehicle Conference in conjunction with University of Birmingham'. Held 01 Nov 2008 in Warwick, UK
  •  Kendall, K., Jostins, J., and Pollett, B. (2008) 'Hydrogen Hybrid Vehicles for University of Birmingham Campus'. Proceedings of the Hybrid and Eco-Friendly Vehicle Conference, 2008, 'IET HEVC 2008'. Held 08-09 Dec 2008 in Coventry, UK 
  •  Jostins, J.E., and Glaser, S. (2007) Microcab on show, and presented to HRH Prince Charles.'Revolve Eco Vehicle Event and Rally'. Held Jun 2007 in London, UK
  • Jostins, J.E. (2005) New H4 vehicle on show. 'Grove Hydrogen Demonstration Day'. Held 03 Sep 2005 in Trafalgar Square, London, UK
  • Jostins, J.E. (2004) Exhibition of Prototype Microcab. 'United Nations 2nd World Urban Forum'. Held 13-17 Sep 2004 in Barcelona, Spain 

SELECTED PROJECTS

  • SWARM: Demonstration of Small 4-Wheel fuel cell passenger vehicle Applications in Regional and Municipal transport. UK, Brussels, Weser-Ems Germany. 2012 –2016.  European Commission Joint Technology Institute. 
  • MoU with Hydrogen South Africa, 2013: Memorandum of Understanding signed between Microcab, Coventry University and Hydrogen South Africa for joint development of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. 
  • NVN funding for new vehicle design, 2009-2010: Niche Vehicle Network funding awarded for design of Microcab H2EV platform including Lotus as partner. 
  • Mu-Tool: FP7 research for the benefit of SMEs. Development of novel ceramic tooling for microwave composites. 
  • CABLED: 8 vehicles trialled and Hydrogen filling station installation: Coventry 20011/12, sponsored by DECC and TSB. Representing the 1st large scale trial of H2 urban vehicles in the UK. 
  • Conde Nast Traveller Innovation and Design Awards 2012: Condé Nast’s awards celebrate excellence in; fashion, gourmet, leisure, sustainability. Judges, industrial design guru Sebastian Conran and Top Gear editor Jason Barlow, shortlisted Microcab for the transport section. 
  • Microcab Scotland 2012: Formation of new company Microcab Scotland to provide vehicles in response to high levels of Scottish renewable energy activity, including hydrogen production from wind. 
  • DTi SMART award 2001: Award for development of first Microcab fuel cell chassis with Piper Design and Intelligent Energy 
  • DTi R&D Grant: Grant for development and design of first complete fuel cell vehicle. 
Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021