Nissan Joins Fuel Cell Game

A Nissan X-TRAIL FCV fuel cell vehicle powered by a UTC Fuel Cells (UTCFC) hydrogen power plant was unveiled in Tokyo. The vehicle is the first produced under agreements signed between Nissan and UTC Fuel Cells to develop fuel cells and fuel cell components for vehicles.

Tokyo, Japan and South Windsor, Connecticut – December 11, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The zero-emissions X-TRAIL FCV is a hybrid vehicle drawing primary power from a 75 kW UTCFC ambient pressure fuel cell power plant. It is fueled by compressed hydrogen. Nissan intends to start public road testing of the vehicle in Japan. “We are proud of our relationship with Nissan and of this first vehicle produced,” said William Miller, president of UTC Fuel Cells, a part of United Technologies Corporation’s UTC Power unit. “We believe the X-TRAIL FCV demonstrates that our more than 40 years of fuel cell experience have enabled us to design superior systems.” According to the company, the vehicle’s power plant incorporates UTCFC’s proprietary ambient pressure fuel cell technology which better manages the water produced by the fuel cell resulting in superior performance and quieter operation. UTCFC is the only fuel cell company developing ambient pressure fuel cell technology for transportation applications, said the company. The performance of UTC Fuel Cells’ design was proven at the 2001 Michelin Challenge Bibendum, an annual event where new automotive technologies are evaluated by independent judges. A sport utility vehicle powered by a 75-kW UTC Fuel Cells’ ambient pressure fuel cell system scored best in class in both quietness and efficiency. UTC Fuel Cells has been developing fuel cells for transportation applications since 1996. Its partnerships have included developing and producing 5 kW fuel cell power plants for BMW. The units now provide auxiliary electrical power for prototype Series 7 BMW automobiles. UTC Fuel Cells is also developing fuel cells for the fleet vehicle market with partners Irisbus of Europe and Thor Industries of the United States. A Thor Industries’ bus powered by a 75 kW fuel cell power plant unit entered passenger service in November with Sunline Transit Agency, which serves the Greater Palm Springs, California, area. Access: http://www.utcfuelcells.com

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