Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicles Get Capital Boost From DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says it is providing funding of up to $6 million this year to collect and analyze performance and durability data for light-duty fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

The DOE says it is looking for applicants to design and implement projects that will monitor FCEVs for up to five years. The projects, at a 50% cost-share, will yield information on fuel-cell system operation and other vehicle data for the Hydrogen Secure Data Center at the DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for analysis and comparison.

Data will be collected from various makes and models of FCEVs so that engineers and scientists can measure the performance and technical progress of a range of fuel cell systems. The conclusions drawn from the data by NREL will help identify and focus future research and development efforts and gauge progress toward fuel-cell performance and cost targets. The data and resulting analyses from this initiative will also help FCEV manufacturers improve their vehicle designs to optimize fuel efficiency and vehicle performance, the DOE says.

For more information, including application requirements and instructions, click HERE.

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