1990-02-01

Installing a Fuel Cell in a Transit Bus 900178

Electric propulsion has long been considered as a replacement system for the internal combustion engine to reduce air and noise pollution and dependence on imported oil. This objective has been difficult to achieve with battery powered vehicles. Limited energy storage recharge time does not allow the EV to provide the long range travel that the ICE offers through rapid refueling. The fuel cell powered electric vehicle can overcome this handicap. It is fueled with liquid methanol which can be rapidly replenished. Introducing the fuel cell as a power source for transportation requires selection of the right application and an engineering approach to the integration of vehicle and power system.

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