Nuvera Fuel Cells Launches Toyota Fuel Cell Car Program in Massachusetts

17 Apr 2013

Vehicle Program to Build Awareness About the Benefits of Hydrogen Fuel and its Influence on the Automotive Market

Nuvera Fuel Cells Launches Toyota Fuel Cell Car Program in MassachusettsNuvera Fuel Cells has inaugurated a program with Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS) in which Nuvera will operate and maintain two Toyota Advanced Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles (FCHV-adv) at its headquarters in Billerica, Massachusetts.

The two-year program is the first of its kind in Massachusetts and will help build awareness of fuel cell technology, the benefits of hydrogen as a clean fuel, and the development of hydrogen infrastructure in the Northeast.

Nuvera will use the program as a way to engage with government officials, policy-makers and the general public about the importance of hydrogen-powered cars and of the supporting hydrogen infrastructure as a catalyst for economic growth in the region and for meeting the region's zero-emissions vehicle mandates.

"Toyota's vehicle demonstration program gives policy makers, local authorities and the general public in Massachusetts a chance to become familiar with fuel cell vehicles  prior to market introduction," said Kevin Kinnaw, National Manager for Regulatory Affairs at Toyota Motor Sales, USA. "The program also highlights the infrastructure side of the equation. With its on-site hydrogen generation appliance, Nuvera has developed a practical refuelling solution that could have far-reaching consequences for the commercial success of zero-emission fuel cell vehicles."

The cars will be refuelled using Nuvera's PowerTap hydrogen generation and refuelling equipment located at the company's Billerica headquarters. PowerTap safely generates high-purity hydrogen fuel per day from water and natural gas.

PowerTap units are already deployed in industrial settings by material handling professionals to produce hydrogen for fuelling fuel cell forklift fleets. PowerTap's acceptance in the industrial market brings the technology one step closer to being deployed at gas stations as part of the much anticipated hydrogen infrastructure development in New England and the United States.

Source: Nuvera News release

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