Hydrogen fuel-cell unit developed to extend range of electric vans

Ulemco

ULEMCo has developed a fuel cell based unit that will extend vehicle range to the standard Nissan e-NV200 electric van.

With the combination of the on-board hydrogen storage and fuel cell module, the van will have a range of over 150 miles when fully loaded, satisfying the range requirements of most average daily delivery operations for this size of van.

ULEMCo’s power module has been engineered to provide additional energy to the vehicle so that the operational practicality of the full electric vehicle can be widened to cope with seasonal range variation, working lifetime, and the impact on range when fully loaded.

Using a 12kW fuel cell and 1.6 kg/day on-board hydrogen storage capability, the van will have almost twice the range of the standard e-NV200, measured to NEDC standards, without sacrificing load space capacity. ULEMCo’s fuel cell RX power module will be roof mounted, and provide motive power via the battery to support the drive load requirements for the base van.

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) are specifically targeted to be eligible under the recently announced Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) support scheme.

“We are excited to have completed our integration study for a zero-emission FC extended van”, said Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo. “This UK-engineered solution will meet the need for a practical small van urban delivery operation.”

The OLEV Hydrogen for Transport Programme was launched last week to provide up to £23m of new grant funding until 2020 to support the growth of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, alongside the deployment of new vehicles via an open competition for both Hydrogen Refuelling Stations and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

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