In the movement towards cleaner transportation, fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) have much to offer. Like battery electric vehicles (BEVs), FCEVs use electric motors for propulsion. This makes for a quiet, smooth acceleration with no shifting of gears (since there are none!). Where FCEVs excel though, is their performance and convenience. A tank of hydrogen can be filled in minutes at a station much like any gas-powered car today. FCEVs can drive hundreds of miles on a single tank, meaning consumers do not need to change their driving habits or expectations. They perform well in all conditions, from summer to icy winters, and handle like any other car you’ve driven. Since fuel cells are very scalable in size, they can also power buses, trains, and more. Lastly, FCEVs are 100% green, emitting nothing but water vapor.
So when can you pick up your own fuel cell car? Fuel cell cars and buses have already seen millions of miles of user testing over the past decade. Nearly all the major auto manufacturers have 2015 as the projected release date for mass-produced models.
Some of the many fuel cell vehicles already on the road
Cool Example: Materials Handling
If you work in a warehouse, you might already be driving a fuel cell vehicle today. Forklifts and other material handling devices have proven to be an ideal market for early adopters of fuel cell powered vehicles. Many major companies are finding that fleets of fuel cell forklifts increase productivity and save money at their warehouses and distribution centers.
For more information on Transportation Fuel Cell Applications, see our Fact Sheets below:
|The Fuel Cell - 14th Forum for Producers and Users (f-cell)|
|October 6 - 8, 2014 | Stuttgart, Germany|
|October 29 - 30, 2014 | Schaumburg, IL|
|November 10 - 13, 2014 | Los Angeles, California||COSTHA Annual Forum & Expo|
|April 26-29, 2015 | San Diego, California|