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APFCT Fuel Cell Microcar and Scooter Update

APFCT Microcars ScootersI’ve talked about Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd. (APFCT) before. In August 2010 I had talked about how APFCT was producing 10 hydrogen microcars and 10 fuel cell scooters.

Then in January 2011, I had talked about how the first swappable hydrogen canister station had been setup at the National Tsing-Hua University in Taiwan. One of APFCT’s fuel cell scooters had been taken on a 620-mile test drive around Taiwan.

As an update, APFCT has released a little more information about its next generation hydrogen fuel cell microcars and the refueling infrastructure. The fuel cell microcar is a one-seat vehicle with a 50km/hr speed and a 0-160km driving range. The vehicle is meant as a city car for people to use on their daily commutes. The Microcar contains six hydrogen metal hydride canisters in back which can easily be swapped out in about one minute.

According to APFCT, “After exchanging the canisters, users can immediately continue the journey. In comparison with battery powered electric vehicles, the refueling is much faster, more convenient and safe. Such canister exchange model is very similar to the home city gas distribution system in Taiwan; hence, it is a highly mature model to be adopted easily and quickly. In the future, all existing gasoline stations, as well as other existing retail networks (e.g. convenience stores) could be utilized as exchange stations/exchange points to enable the selling and exchange of hydrogen canisters. In this way, the driving range could be extended unlimited as with ICE vehicles.”

What is unique about this model is that a vast hydrogen fueling station infrastructure doesn’t have to be built for this to work. This would be similar in the U. S. to going to a gas station, Wal-Mart or Home Depot to get a propane tank for your BBQ. This kind of infrastructure is already in place and could be easily adapted for hydrogen microcars and fuel cell scooters as well.

According to APFCT, “The technologies are ready for commercialization in mass production.” Similar programs could be emulated in hundreds if not thousands of other locations around the world. APFCT has taken the first small step for man. Who will take the next big leap for mankind?

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One comment

  1. The oil and battery industries spend tens of millions of dollars per year on disinformation campaigns and fake pundits/shills to discredit hydrogen because it beats their products on every metric.

    The waste product from hydrogen is potable water, the waste product from oil is cancer. (Oil is the root cause of cancer. ) It is worth anything to end Cancer so any arguement against hydrogen is offset by this fact alone. The waste product from batteries is Lithium poisoning and EMF caused cancer (The GM- EV1 was destroyed because of the EMF cancer risk).

    Hydrogen can now be efficiently made from water and the competing interests can’t control water so that want H2 stopped.

    The more batteries you add to an electric car, the less far it goes. Hydrogen carries more energy at less weight than any battery.

    Detroit has a deal with the oil companies to make money by using oil. Big oil does not want Detroit using H2. Big Oil controls the U.S. DOE and orders them to delay hydrogen.

    For every negative you could get a shill to make-up about hydrogen, there are thousands of technical papers that disprove it. For every negative that you hear about oil and batteries there are hundreds of thousands of technical papers that prove it.

    The gulf coast will now experience a doubling of cancer rates within 10 years, essentially killing off the deep south because of the BP Oil spill.

    Hydrogen runs the sun and that seems to work pretty well.

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