An Experimental Study on Hydrogen Powered Electric Vehicle PUBLIC ACCESS

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Koji Kishida, Mitsuo Tanaka, Ken Kanai, Yoshiaki Kato, Akihiro Ito

Fukui University of Technology, Fukui City, Fukui, Japan

Paper No. 97-AA-107, pp. V001T13A083; 5 pages
  • ASME 1997 Turbo Asia Conference
  • ASME 1997 Turbo Asia Conference
  • Singapore, September 30–October 2, 1997
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7867-5
  • Copyright © 1997 by ASME


Based upon research experience on fuel cell technology at the Fukui University of Technology, an effort has been made to develop a hydrogen powered electric vehicle as a means of applying fuel cells, A polymer electrolyte fuel cell stack was chosen as the device of energy conversion from hydrogen to electricity. First, a detailed study on the performance of the fuel cell stack was carried out to assure compatibility with the vehicle energizing system. It was found that it should function well as the prime power source for electric vehicles. Selection of the traction motor was one of the optimization studies. As a result of tests with various motors, two brushless d-c motors were adopted. A small electric vehicle, weighing 300kg and loaded with a H2-tank of 10 litres (15MPa), achieved 20 km/h and the duration was 2 hours.

Copyright © 1997 by ASME
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