Fuel Cell-Powered Pick Up Trucks On the Road

A zero-emission hydrogen-powered pick-up truck running on a fuel cell/battery hybrid engine is now for sale and available for delivery from Anuvu Incorporated, a developer and supplier of fuel cell products.

Sacramento, California – November 12, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Anuvu reports that the company’s Clean Urban pick-up truck, part of Anuvu’s Clean Urban Vehicle (CUV) line, makes it possible for environmentally conscious consumers and institutions to own and operate fuel cell-powered vehicles. According to Anuvu, the truck demonstrates the company’s overall commitment to helping place hydrogen-powered vehicles on the road in order to jump-start wide usage of such vehicles. More hydrogen vehicles could justify increased infrastructure of hydrogen filling stations, an important factor necessary for widespread adoption. The truck is a Nissan Frontier pick-up that runs on two Anuvu Power-X 6 kW PEM fuel cells powering a motor provided by Solectria Corporation. The fuel cell/electric motor hybrid vehicle is designed to operate in typical urban and suburban fleet traffic patterns, accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 10 seconds, and can achieve speeds of up to 75 mph. The zero-emission pick-up truck can travel distances of 250 miles within city environments. Although this urban range is similar to conventional vehicles, this initial version of the Clean Urban pick-up truck will be limited to 60 miles on highways in order to keep the price to US$99,995. Longer-range highway fleet vehicles are available by custom order. Pick-ups are currently available for delivery in a two-door or four-door model. “We’re able to provide the first cost-effective commercial fuel cell pick-up because of our unique fuel cell/battery hybrid design that requires lower capital costs while still delivering greater range, increased lifetime and decreased hydrogen usage,” said Anuvu President and CEO Rex Hodge. “Anuvu’s fuel cell trucks give fleet managers of utilities and municipalities powerful, all-purpose vehicles that affirm their organizations’ commitment to promoting clean energy transportation.” Anuvu’s Power-X fuel cells are currently used in a number of automotive and marine vehicle applications including the two and four-door version of the Anuvu Clean Urban Vehicle (CUV) and a zero-emission harbor water taxi. Anuvu will be demonstrating its Clean Urban Vehicle car at the EVS-20 alternative vehicle show in Long Beach, California, November 15 -18. The car will be available for media test drives.


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