Thursday, August 17, 2017

Extended Range Fuel Cell Vehicles

One of the winning fuel cell designs was based on a Toro chasis. This vehicle, which was ATK's concept, will be tested at DLA Distribution Susquehanna, PA. (Photo: ATK)

This project will  assess alternative methods for hydrogen storage, which has the potential to significantly extend the range of utility vehicles.

The first phase of the project was geared toward the design of the fuel cell vehicle. ATK, the Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), and Lynntech each submitted design proposals, and the designs of ATK and CTE were selected to move into phase II of operations.

The second phase involves the actual building and demonstration of the new extended range fuel cell vehicles. ATK’s design,  a Toro Workman model, will be demonstrated at DLA Distribution Susquehanna, PA while CTE’s Columbia ParCar utility vehicle is being demonstrated at DLA Distribution Warner Robins, GA.

CTE's extended range vehicle (pictured here) is equipped with compressed hydrogen gas storage capabilities, while ATK's model is equipped for solid hydrogen storage. (Photo: DLA R&D)

At DLA Distribution Warner Robins, GA, testing of CTE's extended range vehicle has begun. (Photo: DLA R&D)

After comparing the ranges of several different fuel cell vehicle options, it was found that the Columbia ParCar model, which is currently being demonstrated at Warner Robins, has an average range of around 300 miles (green bar). (Source: DLA R&D)

The ATK extended range fuel cell vehicle is under demonstration at DLA Distribution Susquehanna, PA. (Photo: Danielle McClendon)

At DLA Distribution Susquehanna, PA, the extended range vehicles are fueled with compressed hydrogen. (Photo: Danielle McClendon)