The joy of winning the world's most important environmental award was huge. After all, more than 2,000 projects from 182 countries are now submitted to the annual Energy Globe Award. Together with the project partners, Magna Steyr Engineering AG & Co. KG, HyCentA Research GmbH and the Institute for Vehicle Drives and Automotive Engineering of the Vienna University of Technology, Proton Motor Fuell Cell GmbH based in Puchheim in Upper Bavaria was able to use the unique, emission-free vehicle concept FCREEV - Fuel Cell Range Extended Electric Vehicle to convince all along the line.
The novel concept combines different drive types to effectively exploit the advantages of the technologies while compensating for disadvantages such as long load times or limited ranges. The innovative fuel cell range extender uses the battery to travel short distances and uses the fuel cell system to extend the powertrain concept when tackling longer journeys. The holistic drive concept, which can be regarded as a future solution and thus as a kind of catalyst for the hitherto sluggish introduction of urgently required emission-free vehicles, was successfully implemented by the project partners for demonstration purposes in a street-legal prototype.
With that, something could be counteracted, not only by the rapid disappearance of Arctic sea ice, but also by detectable climate change.
And that's exactly what the Energy Globe Award, which is so important for the entire world, has surprisingly found its cradle in Austria.
At the center of the Environmental Prize, which was awarded on 5 June 2018 in the Austrian city of Linz in the categories of Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth, and the special category "Sustainable Plastics", comprehensive solutions to ubiquitous climate change are at the center.
Submitted by the project partner Magna Steyr based in Styria, the vehicle concept FCREEV: Fuel-Cell Range-Extended Electric Vehicle, was awarded the National Austria Award. In addition to the national awards of the 182 participating countries, there is also a comprehensive World Award and regional awards in the individual federal states of Austria.