Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Orders Another 242 EFOY Pro Fuel Cells for Toll Inspection Vehicles

27 Jun 2012

EFOY ProSFC Energy AG has received an order from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles for equipping an additional 242 Volkswagen T5 transporters with EFOY Pro fuel cell generators. The German Federal Office for Goods (BAG) uses the vehicles all across Germany for toll inspection purposes and for three years now EFOY Pro has served as autonomous power supply for these vehicles. Volkswagen equips the T5 transporters ex-works with the EFOY fuel cells, thus renewing the BAG fleet. Delivery is scheduled for this year.

The EFOY Pro direct methanol fuel cell is a convenient, lightweight power generator. It produces power for the electric measuring and surveillance devices and the office equipment on board the vehicles, fully automatically and without generating any noise or emissions. As the devices are operated continuously for eight or more hours per day, batteries alone cannot supply enough power. To ensure reliable power availability at any time, the EFOY fuel cell recharges the batteries on board with environmentally friendly power, while the vehicle is stationary.

"The EFOY Pro fuel cell generator offers decisive logistical advantages to our toll inspection teams,” explains Ralf Mülhausen, BAG fleet manager. “Before, they had to connect their vehicle to the grid for recharging their batteries, or they had to idle the vehicle’s engine for a considerable amount of time, generating noise and emissions. Now they do not have to worry about power any more, the energy from the fuel cell is as silent and convenient as energy from the grid. At the same time we are significantly reducing our fleet costs and increasing our operational readiness.”

“The EFOY Pro fuel cell generator has been a success in the BAG fleet vehicles since 2009," says Lutz Winter, Key Account Manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. “The technology has convinced us – once installed on board, the fuel cell generates power on demand without requiring any user intervention. You don’t hear or smell anything; you do not have to switch the device on or off. Except for a fuel cartridge exchange every three to four weeks there is nothing you have to do. For our teams, who spend many hours in the vehicle every day, this is a major improvement.”

SFC fuel cells generators are ideal solutions wherever a reliable and eco-friendly power supply far from the grid is required. The independent small and quiet energy packs play a decisive role in many commercial applications in the governmental sector and security field. They can easily be installed in unmanned, isolated, and remote security systems. They are deployed in border control, traffic, surveillance, monitoring, observation, events security applications. The fuel cells can also be seamlessly hybridised with other energy sources, such as solar panels. They obtain fuel from EFOY fuel cartridges, which deliver weeks and weeks of autonomous energy, depending on their size (5, 10, 28 litres) and are available at more than 1,500 sales points in Europe. SFC has created a voucher infrastructure for fuel cartridge logistics for BAG which is extremely comfortable and efficient for operators as well as drivers.

More information at www.efoy-pro.com and www.sfc.com

Source: SFC Energy

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