Volvo: the fuel cell range-extender
October 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
Volvo has started work on a fuel cell vehicle, with the aim of getting the first prototypes on the road for testing in 2012. The car is based on the C30 DrivE Electric (pictured), and its powertrain comprises a fuel cell with a reformer, which breaks down petrol to create hydrogen gas, which is then electrolysed to create electric energy to drive the motor. The only byproducts are water and a small amount of carbon dioxide, as the motor is only driven by the electrical energy; the fuel cell effectively takes the place of an engine as a generator in a range-extender system.