Fuel cell electric vehicle available in the market

A fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is a sort of electric vehicle which consumes a fuel cell, as a substitute to a battery, or in grouping with a battery or super-capacitor, to power its on-board electric motor. Fuel cells in vehicles produce electricity to control the motor, usually using oxygen from the air and compressed hydrogen. Most fuel cell vehicles are categorized as zero-emissions vehicles that release only water and heat. As matched with internal combustion vehicles, hydrogen vehicles integrate pollutants at the site of the hydrogen production, where hydrogen is usually derived from transformed natural gas. Transporting and storing hydrogen may also generate pollutants.

Description and purpose of cells in fuel cell electric vehicle

All fuel cells are made up of three parts: an electrolyte, an anode and a cathode. In standard methods, a hydrogen fuel cell works like a battery, creating electricity, which can run an electric motor. As an alternative of requiring recharging, nevertheless, the fuel cell can be refilled with hydrogen. Different kinds of fuel cells comprise of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells, direct methanol fuel cells, phosphoric acid fuel cells, molten carbonate fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, reformed methanol fuel cell and Regenerative Fuel Cells.


The notion of the fuel cell was first established by Humphry Davy in 1801, but the invention of the first working fuel cell is accredited to William Grove. Grove’s experiments with what he called a “gas voltaic battery” showed in 1842 that an electric current could be created by an electrochemical reaction amongst hydrogen and oxygen above a platinum catalyst. The first modern fuel cell vehicle was an adapted Allis-Chalmers farm tractor, tailored with a 15 kilowatt fuel cell, around 1959. Fuel cell growth was continuous with the Apollo Program. The electrical power systems in the Apollo capsules and lunar modules used alkali fuel cells. In 1966, General Motors established the first fuel cell road vehicle, the Chevrolet Electrovan. It had a PEM fuel cell, a range of 120 miles and a top speed of 70 mph. There were only two seats, as the fuel cell heap and big tanks of hydrogen and oxygen took up the back portion of the van.

General Electric and others started working again on PEM fuel cells in the 1970s. Fuel cell masses were still restricted mainly due to space applications in the 1980s, including the Space Shuttle. Nevertheless, the end of the Apollo Program sent many industry experts to private companies.

There are fuel cell vehicles for all means of transport. The most predominant fuel cell vehicles are cars, buses, forklifts and material treatment vehicles.


The Honda FCX Clarity model car was introduced in 2008 for renting by customers in Japan and Southern California and discontinued by 2015. From 2008 to 2014, Honda rented a total of 45 FCX units in the US. Over 20 other FCEVs samples and demonstration cars were out in that time period, including the GM HydroGen4 and Mercedes-Benz F-Cell and 2015 Toyota Mirai.

Sales of the Toyota Mirai to government and corporate clients began in Japan in December 2014. Pricing started at US$57,400 before taxes and a government inducement of US$19,600. Till December 2017, global sales totalled 5,300 Mirais. The highest selling markets were the U.S. with 2,900 units, Japan with 2,100 and Europe with 200.

Retail deliveries of the 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell started in California in December 2016. The Clarity Fuel Cell, with the range of 589 km, has the maximum EPA driving range rating of any zero-emissions vehicle, with fuel cell and battery electric vehicles. The 2017 Clarity also has the highest joint and city fuel economy ratings amid all hydrogen fuel cell cars graded by the EPA.

In 2017 Daimler phased out of its FCEV expansion, quoting decreasing battery costs and increasing range of EVs and most of the automobile corporations began evolving hydrogen cars and had switched their attention to battery electric vehicles.


List of modern fuel cell electric vehicle automobiles, pickups, vans and SUVs commercially produced

       Model Production Range
Honda FCX-V4 2002-2007 260 km
310 km
Ford Focus FCV 2003-2006 320 km
Nissan X-Trail FCV 04 2003-2013 350 km
Mercedes-Benz F-Cell (A-Class based) 2005-2007 160 km
to 180 km
Chevrolet Equinox FC 2007-2009 310 km
Honda FCX Clarity 2008-2015 450 km
Mercedes-Benz F-Cell (B-Class based) 2010-2014 310 km
Hyundai Tucson FCEV 2014–present 426 km
Toyota Mirai 2015–present 502 km
Honda Clarity 2016–present 480 km
Hyundai Nexo 2018–present  


600 km


There are also sample replicas of buses, and in 2011 there were over 100 fuel cell buses arrayed around the world. Most of these buses were manufactured by UTC Power, Toyota, Ballard, Hydrogenics, and Proton Motor. UTC buses had amassed over 970,000 km of driving.

Fuel cell buses have a 30-141% greater fuel economy than diesel buses and natural gas buses. Fuel cell buses have been set out in Whistler Canada, San Francisco US, Hamburg Germany, Shanghai China, London England, São Paulo Brazil and numerous other cities. The Fuel Cell Bus Club is a global cooperative power in experimental fuel cell buses.


Motorcycles and bicycles

In 2005 the British firm Intelligent Energy produced the first ever working hydrogen run motorcycle called the ENV (Emission Neutral Vehicle). The motorcycle holds enough fuel to run for four hours, and to travel 160 km (100 mi) in an urban area, at a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph). In 2004 Honda developed a fuel-cell motorcycle which utilized the Honda FC Stack. There are other examples of bikes and bicycles with a hydrogen fuel cell engine. The Suzuki Burgman received “whole vehicle type” approval in the EU. The Taiwanese company APFCT conducts a live street test with 80 fuel cell scooters for Taiwans Bureau of Energy using the fueling system from Italy’s Acta SpA.


The Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane, used a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell/lithium-ion battery mixture system to control an electric motor, which was attached to a conventional propeller. In 2003, the world’s first propeller driven airplane to be powered completely by a fuel cell was flown. The fuel cell was an exclusive FlatStack stack design which permitted the fuel cell to be combined with the aerodynamic surfaces of the plane


In March 2015, China South Rail Corporation (CSR) revealed the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered tramcar. A total of 83 miles of tracks for the new vehicle have been constructed in seven Chinese cities. China devices to devote 200 billion yuan ($32 billion) over the following five years to upsurge tram tracks to more than 1,200 miles.

In 2016, a regional train motorized by hydrogen fuel cells that will be the world’s first manufactured hydrogen-powered trainset. It will be able to reach 140 kilometres per hour (87 mph) and travel 600–800 kilometres (370–500 mi) on a packed tank of hydrogen.

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