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AVL FCC Fuel Cell Commuter Unveiled

AVL FCCIn my last blog post I talked about how China was charging forward with fuel cell vehicles. At the Austria Tech Week event held at the Expo Shanghai 2010 in China, a company called AVL rolled out its Fuel Cell Commuter (FCC).

The AVL FCC is basically a battery electric car that uses a hydrogen fuel cell range extender. AVL had the help of Tongji University in China in building this commuter car.

The AVL FCC looks similar to a golf cart. But, as a small, low speed commuter car it may be able to compete with and beat similar all battery electric vehicles currently used at golf courses, corporate campuses, educational campuses, airports, and Hollywood studio lots.

The advantage of this vehicle (as in hydrogen fuel cell forklifts that I like to talk about) will be short refueling times and extended range. Only one small hydrogen fueling station may be required to fuel up several of these vehicles.

I see this AVL FCC in a similar fashion to the commercial fuel cell forklifts that are now available. Both will work in a contained area and generally will not stray from this geography. Both will only need one centralized hydrogen fueling station to support it. And both compete well with their all-battery counterparts.

Like fuel cell forklifts, the AVL Fuel Cell Commuter may not be the sexiest beast on the block. But, it is a vehicle that will cut down on pollution and increase awareness of fuel cell vehicles. And, it may just give one a comfortable ride into the future.

About Hydro Kevin Kantola

Hydro Kevin Kantola
I'm a hydrogen car blogger, editor and publisher interested in documenting the history and the progression of hydrogen cars, vehicles and infrastructure worldwide.

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  1. Would someone ask Rick Wagner where the Cadillac Provoq is at as we are getting a little impatient these thing are pathetic!

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    He’s probably should have made a last ditch effort as well before being ousted from GM.

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