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Fuel Cell Vehicles Proliferate on Land and Take to Sea
A growing number of automakers are developing fuel-cell-powered cars and light trucks: The list now includes Mitsubishi Motor Corporation, Hyundai Motor Company, and FIAT Auto. Hyundai is working with UTC Fuel Cells to produce a vehicle that can withstand freezing conditions; it hopes to lease its vehicles to fleets in 2004. Mitsubishi has unveiled a car powered with a Ballard fuel cell engine, and is participating in a demonstration project in Japan. And in late October, Nuvera Fuel Cells announced that its product had been incorporated into two cars by FIAT Auto. But Anuvu Incorporated leaped ahead of the pack last month, offering its fuel-cell-powered pickup truck for sale at just under $100,000 per vehicle. See the press releases from UTC Fuel Cells, Ballard (PDF 13 KB), Nuvera, and Anuvu. Download Acrobat Reader.
As the number of fuel-cell-powered cars proliferates, fuel cells are beginning to find their way into a wide variety of vehicles. The Fuelcell Propulsion Institute, for instance, is part of an international consortium that is developing the world's largest fuel-cell-powered vehicle, a locomotive. The five-year project aims to build a 109-metric-ton locomotive driven by a one-megawatt fuel cell. The institute is also involved in a project to develop a fuel-cell-powered mine loader. Hydrogenics Corporation is also pursing the industrial market: the company announced in October that it is leading a consortium to build a fuel-cell-powered forklift. A fuel cell also took to the water in October, as Anuvu demonstrated an 18-passenger water taxi driven by its Power-X fuel cell technology. See the announcements from the Fuelcell Propulsion Institute, Hydrogenics, and Anuvu.