All stations are go here at Proton Motor. Our delegation to InnoTrans in Berlin – showing off a new hydrogen fuel cell system – haven’t even returned to our Puchheim base yet, but we’re already heavily planning for a different exhibition in Hanover.
You may have read our previous blog about an eco-friendly car we helped to develop alongside global automotive supplier Magna. The car – titled the fuel cell range extended electric vehicle, or FC REEV for short – will be on display at the IAA Commercial Vehicles fair in Hanover (Hall 16 / Booth C20).
We’re very excited to exhibit the FC REEV, because it provides one of the eco-friendliest solutions to motoring in existence. Naturally, we’re thrilled to have been involved, and we can’t wait to talk to all of you about it in Hanover!
So how exactly does the FC REEV work, and what makes it so special? Rather than a traditional hybrid, which combines petrol or diesel with electric power, it combines hydrogen fuel cell power and electric power to make a zero emissions hybrid.
Proton Motor supplied Magna with a HyRange hydrogen fuel cell system, to power the hydrogen side of the car’s hybrid engine.
The typical appeal of a hybrid car is that it allows drivers to use the eco-friendlier electric option while driving slowly – while they are in a city for example – and petrol or diesel for when they need to go quicker. This model was retained in the FC REEV, but replaced petrol and diesel fuel with hydrogen. Therefore, this allows for the same engine model, but without the need for environmentally unsafe fossil fuels.
A side benefit of the HyRange fuel cell system is how it sounds; it’s much, much quieter than its combustion engine counterpart. So, not only does the FC REEV cut down on air pollution, it could potentially have a positive impact on noise pollution too. Imagine if every vehicle on earth was powered in this way; the impact of noise pollution created by large roads would be severely cut.
As you can tell, we’re very excited about this vehicle, and the implications it could have on the carbon footprint of motorists across the globe. If you’re in Hanover from the 22nd September to the 29th September, be sure to pop into the IAA Commercial Vehicles fair and say hello. We can’t wait to talk with you about how hydrogen fuel cells can revolutionise the world of eco-friendly transport.
Proton Motor is a leading manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells and fuel cell systems for mobile, maritime and stationary applications.