Hyundai Begins Fuel Cell Fleet Testing

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Hyundai Motor released the second generation of autos for their fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) program. The Tucson FCEV was introduced at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show and is Hyundai’s first hydrogen-powered vehicle taking part in fleet operations that begin in the first quarter of 2005. According to Hyundai, improvements to the FCEV include: double the driving range, speed and power increases, low-temperature (-20 degrees Celsius) starting, higher output fuel cell and a new lithium ion polymer battery. Testing fleets will be located with the AC Transit of Oakland, California., Hyundai America Technical Center and Southern California Edison. The fleet testing phase of Hyundai’s fuel cell research and development program is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A team consisting of ChevronTexaco, Hyundai Motor and UTC Fuel Cells was awarded federal funds to lead a five-year demonstration and validation project designed to showcase practical applications of hydrogen energy technology.

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