This week APFCT won a contract for fuel cell micro car fleet demonstration under Demonstration and Verification Program of Hydrogen Energy Industry organized by Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs of Taiwan (BoE). APFCT will develop a 10-unit fleet of fuel cell micro cars starting September this year. The manufacturing of this micro car fleet is expected to be completed early 2011 with a 15-month fleet demonstration data acquisition phase following.
In this program, each micro car is expected to be equipped with a 48V fuel cell battery hybrid power system that has nominal power output of 3kW and maximum power output of 5kW. The hydrogen supply for the cars will use low-pressure metal hydride base canisters that are specially developed by APFCT for light electric fuel cell vehicles. Late last year, APFCT also won a contract for a 10-unit fleet demonstration of ZES 4.6 fuel cell scooters under the same government program. Production of the 10 scooters was completed in July 2010 and is now conducting the demonstration riding and data collection.
According to Project Manager of APFCT, H.S. Chang, the purpose of the fleet demonstration is for the verifications of fuel cell vehicle fleet under operating conditions and road environment of actual consumer usage. The second important issue will be for the validation of the low pressure solid hydrogen supply infrastructure based on the exchange model proposed by the APFCT.
The Chairman of APFCT, Dr. Jefferson Yang, states “the fleet demonstration is a necessary and critical stage that supports fuel cell technology to progress from laboratory into consumer market. The awarding of these two demonstration contracts is significant in recognition of APFCT’s fuel cell technology and an important milestone for APFCT in the development of fuel cell applications in light electric vehicles”.