Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles make rapid progress in range.
Press Release Summary:
August 15, 2012 - NREL completed 7-year project to demonstrate and evaluate hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen fueling infrastructure in real-world settings. National Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Learning Demonstration Final Report shows progress in extending vehicle driving ranges and increasing fuel cell durability. Project generated data from more than 500,000 individual vehicle trips covering 3.6 million miles traveled and 152,000 kg hydrogen produced or dispensed.
Original Press Release
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Make Rapid Progress in Range, Durability
Press release date: August 10, 2012
250-mile driving range
2,000-hour fuel cell durability
$3 per gallon gasoline equivalent for hydrogen production cost. Technical results showed that at least one of the four industry teams exceeded each of DOE's FCEV targets for driving range and fuel cell durability, with a team achieving 254-mile driving range and a team showing projected average fuel cell stack durability of 2,521 hours. The report also evaluated a separate FCEV capable of reaching a driving range of up to 430 miles. Low on-site hydrogen production costs were difficult to demonstrate through this project because current hydrogen stations were not designed, constructed, and used as full-scale commercial stations. While this project did not achieve DOE's hydrogen cost target, an independent review panel examined the issue of hydrogen production costs and determined that the production cost target could be met for at least one pathway (hydrogen produced from natural gas) in commercialized hydrogen stations at sizes comparable to gasoline stations. With increased availability of low-cost natural gas, hydrogen costs can be decreased even further. The Learning Demonstration project started in 2004 with four major vehicle manufacturers (GM, Daimler, Hyundai-Kia, and Ford) and three energy partners (Shell, BP, and Chevron) contributing data for NREL analysis. Project costs were shared 50-50 between industry and EERE. Later, DOE's California Hydrogen Infrastructure Project, executed by Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., contributed data on its fueling stations. "We received final project data from our industry partners in October 2011, and have completed our analysis across the entire demonstration period," Wipke said. "Through this project, 183 fuel cell electric vehicles were deployed, 25 project fueling stations were placed in use, and no fundamental safety issues were identified." The report is designed to help industry and the Energy Department evaluate progress toward market needs and DOE targets, and to focus research and development efforts where technical barriers still exist. For more information, visit NREL's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle and Infrastructure Learning Demonstration website at www.nrel.gov/hydrogen/proj_learning_demo.html or view the full report at www.nrel.gov/hydrogen/pdfs/54860.pdf. NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Visit NREL online at www.nrel.gov Media may contact: