Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Scooter Announces a Successful 1000km Test Drive

25 May 2010

Following on from the 300 km on-road test drive last November, APFCT  has taken a large step further to test its fuel cell scooter. This second test drive was a four-day 1000km trip around Taiwan.

According to the company the aim of the test drive was to "demonstrate to the world the competency of fuel cell vehicle R&D in Taiwan".
 
It was reported that during the trip the scooter encountered many different severe weather conditions, including strong sun and heavy rain. The fuel cell system coped with all conditions thrown at remaining smooth and stable.

The hydrogen was stored onboard in APFCTs metal hydride hydrogen canisters in combination witha hydrogen exchange model.

The hydrogen refueling and exchange model is similar to the exchange model of gas cylinders prevalently used by many Taiwan households. All hydrogen canisters will be manufactured and refueled with hydrogen in a central facility before being delivered to exchange points, such as gas stations or convenience stores. When the hydrogen is depleted, the consumers just need to go to these exchange points to buy and exchange for canisters fully charged with hydrogen to plug in to fuel cell scooters. The whole process of changing canisters takes less than 1 minute. Once new canisters are plugged in, users can immediately ride their fuel cell scooters away.

This test drive was conducted by a new fuel cell scooter which was built using the method of mass production, and with less than 5km mileage before the event. Apart from fuel cell system and electricity control system that are designed and produced by APFCT, all other components, including frame, motor, transmission etc, are provided by Taiwanese suppliers.

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