An overview of fuel cells in automotive applications, included fuel cell electric vehicles, buses, and material handling equipment with galleries
Imagine a car, SUV, or truck that performs like a conventional vehicle with a 300-400 mile range, a fuel tank that can be filled up in three - five minutes, and emits zero emissions except for water vapor – that’s today’s fuel cell vehicle (FCV).
Fuel cells utilize hydrogen to produce electricity through a chemical process, without combustion. Many of the world’s premier automotive companies plan to begin mass-production of FCVs in the next couple of years, with Hyundai & Toyota already leasing FCVs to customers in California, with Honda releasing a FCV in late 2016
Capable of traveling 300-400 miles on a tank of hydrogen and refueling in three-five minutes, FCVs combine the emissions-free driving of an electric vehicle with the range and convenience of a traditional internal combustion engine. FCVs are up to three times more efficient than conventional vehicles, and when natural gas is used as a source for hydrogen, FCVs are the most efficient way to use this abundant American resource in cars. Having no internal moving parts, fuel cells also are quiet and highly reliable.
FCVs are zero-emission vehicles – they produce no tailpipe pollution except water vapor. In addition, compared to internal combustion vehicles, FCVs greatly reduce greenhouse gas carbon emissions even when accounting for the full hydrogen fuel life cycle. When using hydrogen generated from solar or wind electrolysis, total life cycle CO2 emissions are eliminated completely.
For more information on the well to wheels benefits of FCVs, read the California Fuel Cell Partnership's blog post here.
Check out FCV models below:
Fuel Cell Electric Buses
Fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) are operating in cities across the country, providing clean and reliable transportation alternatives for commuters. roducing no emissions, FCEBs are attractive options for urban areas, operating quietly and reducing maintenance costs. FCEBs also demonstrate advantages operating in extreme temperatures, especially over battery-powered alternatives.
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. Materials Handling Fact Sheet