Hyundai FCEV Fleet Testing Launches at Unveiling of Hydrogen Energy Station
CHINO, CA — Hyundai Motor Co. in partnership with UTC Fuel Cells and ChevronTexaco on February 18 unveiled a hydrogen energy station at the Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center in Chino, Calif. The project is part of a Department of Energy-sponsored Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration Validation Program.
The new Hydrogen energy station will fuel a fleet of five Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) based out of the Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center. Other fleets will be tested out of AC Transit in Oakland, Calif. and Southern California Edison over the duration of the program.
The Chino hydrogen energy station is part of a five-year U.S. Department of Energy cost-sharing program that is designed to demonstrate safe, practical hydrogen technologies in real-world settings. ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures is leading the project in collaboration with Hyundai Motor Co. and UTC Fuel Cells.
The goal of fleet testing is to refine fuel cell technology in real-world driving conditions. Over the next five years, Hyundai hopes to improve durability, efficiency and reliability in its fuel cell vehicles in preparation for future commercialization. Additional testing is also planned under cold-climate conditions.
The first vehicle demonstrated at the site was driven by legendary racecar driver Mario Andretti, who drove-up in Hyundai's Tucson FCEV to show how fueling stations of the future may operate.