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Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle visits Department of Energy

September 26, 2014 - 3:34pm

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Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman test drove the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle when the car made an appearance at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman test drove the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle when the car made an appearance at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Fuel cells have the potential to replace internal-combustion engines in vehicles and provide power in stationary and portable power applications because they are energy-efficient, clean, and fuel-flexible.

Led by the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, DOE works closely with national laboratories, the private sector, universities, and industry partners to overcome critical technical barriers to fuel cell commercialization. Currently, R&D focuses on the development of reliable, low-cost, high-performance fuel cell system components for transportation and building applications.

From researchers to project managers to technical experts, there are dozens of EERE staff dedicated to supporting the research, development, and deployment of fuel cells. Thus, we were excited to test drive the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle when the car made an appearance at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The vehicle is the first commercially leased fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), beyond the demonstration scale.  The Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle, developed by Hyundai, is powered by a 100 kW fuel cell that runs on hydrogen. With a driving range of 265 miles, the Tucson Fuel Cell takes less than 10 minutes to refuel.

The Tucson Fuel Cell has passed numerous on-road tests conducted over an accumulated distance of 2 million miles.

Dozens of Department of Energy employees took a break from their workdays to check out the FCEV and a few even took it for a test drive. Among the eager participants was Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman, who enjoyed a test ride of the vehicle.

"As part of the President's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department funds research, development and demonstration activities that are helping to put fuel cell electric vehicles like the Tucson on the road,” said Deputy Secretary Poneman. “The efforts of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy have helped cut fuel cell costs in half and double durability in the last several years, supporting the emerging domestic fuel cell electric vehicle industry and enabling the development of technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

To learn more about the Fuel Cell Technologies Office and DOE’s efforts in hydrogen and fuel cells in vehicles, homes and buildings, manufacturing, education, and technology, visit the website.

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