Hydrogen and fuel cells are well suited to a range of mobility and vehicle challenges. A fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is very similar to an electric vehicle, except with the greater volumetric energy density than a batteries, hydrogen offers much greater range more than 300-400 miles in the leading cars, such as those just entering the market from Hyundai and Toyota.

This increased range for weight and volume advantage means that a good use of hydrogen and fuel cell systems is to extend the range of any electric vehicle, or mobile device, effectively acting as a mobile battery charger. This is a good example of fuel cells working with other technologies in hybrid systems,

Arcola Energy has developed our AutoPAK system, a complete power unit including hydrogen supply, fuel cell, control systems and power electronics, using air cooled fuel cells. These systems can be “single stack” providing 3-5 kW or dual stack providing 6-10 kW.

AutoPAK is a demonstration of system integration into automotive power trains which we have carried out for lightweight vehicle developers Riversimple and Microcab in the UK and a number of international customers. The knowledge gained means the team can be a valuable partner in the development of integrated fuel cell power trains for a wide range of mobility applications.

 

MICROCAB


Coventry-based SME Microcab has developed the H2EV, a prototype lightweight city car as a model for future mobility. Measuring just 3.5 metres in length, the Microcab H2EV has a Lotus-engineered bonded-aluminium chassis, weighing just 60kg, and allowing for both passenger car and commercial vehicle body-styles.

Arcola Energy has integrated air-cooled fuel cells using our complete AutoPAK system, including hydrogen cylinder and delivery system, fuel cell, power and control electronics, ECU, and remote monitoring system. The H2EV has a range of up to 180 miles on a single 1.8kg tank of hydrogen, which can be filled in just three minutes.

 

 

RIVERSIMPLE

Arcola Energy has been working with Riversimple for several years, supporting the development of their revolutionary ultra-efficient vehicle. We have integrated a dual fuel cell system into Riversimple’s power electronics and power train, providing fuel cell system control and interface into the vehicle management system.