Fuel Cell Corridor News
Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle visits Department of Energy
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman test drove the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle when the car made an appearance at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Fuel cells have the potential to replace internal-combustion engines in vehicles and provide power in stationary and portable power applications because they are energy-efficient, clean, and fuel-flexible.
Led by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, DOE works closely with national laboratories, the private sector, universities, and industry partners to overcome critical technical barriers to fuel cell commercialization. Currently, R&D focuses on the development of reliable, low-cost, high-performance fuel cell system components for transportation and building applications.
From researchers to project managers to technical experts, there are dozens of EERE staff dedicated to supporting the research, development, and deployment of fuel cells. Thus, we were excited to test drive the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle when the car made an appearance at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The vehicle is the first commercially leased fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), beyond the demonstration scale. The Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle, developed by Hyundai, is powered by a 100 kW fuel cell that runs on hydrogen. With a driving range of 265 miles, the Tucson Fuel Cell takes less than 10 minutes to refuel.
The Tucson Fuel Cell has passed numerous on-road tests conducted over an accumulated distance of 2 million miles Dozens of Department of Energy employees took a break from their workdays to check out the FCEV and a few even took it for a test drive. Among the eager participants was Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman, who enjoyed a test ride of the vehicle.
"As part of the President's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department funds research, development and demonstration activities that are helping to put fuel cell electric vehicles like the Tucson on the road," said Deputy Secretary Poneman. "The efforts of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy have helped cut fuel cell costs in half and double durability in the last several years, supporting the emerging domestic fuel cell electric vehicle industry and enabling the development of technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
To learn more about the Fuel Cell Technologies Office and DOE's efforts in hydrogen and fuel cells in vehicles, homes and buildings, manufacturing, education, and technology, visit the website.
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Ohio to Test Fuel Cells for Public Transit
A U.S. Department of Energy report published late last year recognized Ohio as a leader in the continued support for fuel cell technologies, helping to reduce emissions, improve energy efficiency and create new business opportunities.
The industry in the Buckeye State is just starting to hit the road through the experimental application of fuel cells in public transportation. While the journey will be a lengthy one, supporters of the technology believe fuel cells can be an economic and environmental boon for Ohio's transit sector.
The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) provides over 2.7 million rides annually for residents of Stark County in northeast Ohio. By next summer, a portion of riders will be transported to their destination via buses powered by fuel cell technology. Read more.
Honda’s successor to its original FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell car got teased in the form of the FCEV concept car that debuted in 2013. The concept’s wild styling was expected to carry over, to some extent, to the 2016 Honda ACX- but, Dillon C’s rendering is reliable, it looks like Honda could go in a more conservative direction and launch the car to a larger, more mainstream audience.
Such a move would mirror the hydrogen fuel cell efforts of rivals Hyundai and Toyota, who are bringing their own zero-emissions vehicles to market as 2015 models in the form a fuel-cell Tucson and the fuel-cell FCV that recently debuted in Asia. Read more.
Hyundai ix35 FCEV completes record distance on a tank of hydrogen
Now that the Hyundai ix35 FCEV (the hydrogen-powered version of Hyundai's iz35) is starting to move out in to the real world, Hyundai is keen to shout about its abilities. And perhaps the one most worth mentioning is its ability to do everything an ICE-powered ix35 can do, and do it using hydrogen. Read more.